Kansas City police investigate fatal shooting in 4500 block of Chestnut Avenue

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A man was killed in a shooting reported Saturday afternoon in Kansas City.

Officers were near 46th and Benton Boulevard when they heard gunshots around 3 p.m., said Capt. Leslie Foreman, a spokeswoman with the Kansas City Police Department.

Around the same time, a shooting was reported in the 4500 block of Chestnut Ave.

Officers arrived at that scene and spoke to a person who said someone had been shot inside a residence. Officers found a man who had been shot and was deceased, Foreman said.

A person was arrested at the scene but it was not related to the homicide, Foreman said.

No suspect information was available.

Rosilyn Temple, executive director of KC Mothers in Charge, came to the scene of the fifth homicide the city has suffered this week.

“We have to stop taking each other’s life,” Temple said. “What is the reason that it’s so easy to take each other’s life?”

It’s been almost 10 years since her son, Antonio Thompson, was killed inside an apartment complex in Kansas City. The case remains unsolved. Temple responds to homicide scenes to support families of those who have been killed.

“People don’t understand till you be affected by that, the hurt and the pain,” Temple said. “Do you get over it? No, you don’t get over it.”

The shooting was the 122nd homicide this year in Kansas City, according to data tracked by The Star. It’s behind the city’s 182 homicides in 2020 — the deadliest year on record — but Temple said, “We keep allowing this to happen.”

Anyone with information may call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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