Memorial to Kansas City Growing, Kansas girl shot dead

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Stuffed animals, flowers and candles line the front stairs of an apartment building where a 7-year-old girl and a man died in a series of shootings on Wednesday morning. According to the investigators, the mother of the child and the three-year-old sibling are in hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The Wyandotte County Sheriff’s office has not released the names of the victims or the shooter as they continue to investigate exactly what happened.

The officers were called to Welborn Park on North 55th Street and Jodee Lane just after 7 a.m. on Wednesday. They found the woman with gunshot wounds. The victim’s name was not disclosed, but police believe she is in her late twenties.

Investigators said the man who shot the woman left the park in an SUV. They later found the vehicle parked in an apartment building near North 55th Street and Everett Avenue, about a mile from Welborn Park. The man barricaded himself in the apartment.

As the officers approached the building, they said they heard three gunshots. Officials said they entered the building and shot the two children and found the shooter dead.

Investigators have not said whether the shooter and the three victims are related or how they know each other.

A neighbor at the scene told reporters he was friends with the man who was accused of the shooting. The neighbor said the man called him earlier that day and threatened to kill the children after he had already shot the mother. The neighbor said he didn’t think he’d really do it.

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