Kansas City, Kansas police investigate second homicide Friday afternoon

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Kansas City, Kansas police on Friday afternoon began investigating a fatal shooting in the 800 block of Barnett Avenue as the second killing to occur in the city within the space of two hours.

Officers responded to the second shooting call at 4:14 p.m. and found one adult male victim near the front porch of a home with gunshot wounds. He was declared dead at the scene, said Nancy Chartrand, a spokeswoman with the police department.

Police say the victim was shot by someone he knew following an argument that took place inside the residence. The fight spilled outdoors, Chartrand said, and the suspect eventually fired at least one round that fatally struck the victim. The suspect was then seen leaving on foot, police said.

Specific details about what led to the argument and why it turned deadly remained unknown Friday afternoon, Chartrand said. Police later found a person of interest who was taken into custody for questioning.

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Earlier Friday afternoon, Kansas City, Kansas police opened a homicide investigation following a shooting in the 2200 block of Birch Street, where a man was killed inside a home. That shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. across the street from Argentine Middle School, which was briefly placed on lockdown before officers found and arrested a suspect nearby.

The two deaths Friday marked the sixth and seventh homicides reported this year in Kansas City, Kansas. The city saw 55 homicides in all of 2020, according to data maintained by The Star.

The department is encouraging anyone with information about the homicides to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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