3 fatally shot, 2 wounded at Kansas City homes


Associated Press

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 2 at 8:03 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police say they have located an SUV reported missing from a neighborhood where three people were shot to death and two others were wounded.

The 2002 Toyota Highlander was found Tuesday evening in a commercial area in the northern part of the city, several miles from the crime scene.

The suspect was still being sought shortly before 7 p.m., about six hours after the shootings in a cul-de-sac of middle-class homes in south Kansas City.

Police have not identified the victims but say all were adults. Two were killed at one location, one was killed at another and the two who were wounded were found at a third location.

Investigators have not commented on a possible motive.

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Three people were killed and two others critically wounded in a shooting in a residential neighborhood in south Kansas City on Tuesday afternoon, and police were searching for a missing SUV.

Kansas City police spokeswoman Sgt. Kari Thompson said two of the victims were killed in one location, one was killed at another and the two people who were wounded were found at a third location, all in the same middle-class cul-de-sac. The missing SUV came from one of the homes where the shootings happened.

Nearly five hours after police were called to the scene shortly before 1 p.m., patrol cars and ambulances remained on the street near the crime scene.

Thompson declined to provide details of the victims or the suspect. She also said it was too early to confirm whether the missing 2002 Toyota Highlander was stolen or taken by a family member.

Investigators also don't have a motive for the midday shootings, Thompson said.

"We don't see any rhyme or reason," she said. "That's what makes it so tough."

Police blocked off the street near the crime scene for nearly a half-mile in both directions, and officers on ATVs slowly searching the roadside grass for clues.

Earlier in the afternoon, officers went door-to-door talking to neighbors but said there was no indication of a danger to the public.