Kansas City, Missouri – A deadly shooting in a parking lot over the weekend has left at least three people dead and five others injured, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
The violence unfolded in the early morning hours on Sunday southeast of downtown Kansas City. The suspect, described as a “subject of interest,” was taken into custody at a home in Grandview, Missouri, about 16 miles south of the city.
The man’s name has not been released pending possible charges in the case. Authorities have not disclosed what led them to the suspect.
The shooting left three victims dead – two men and a woman – in the parking lot and on a nearby street. Five others were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.
Just prior to this weekend’s shooting, there had been a 28% increase in homicides in Kansas City this year. The city had investigated 91 homicides, up 20 from the same time the previous year, according to police department crime statistics.
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas expressed condolences to the families of those killed and questioned why a crowd was gathered in the parking lot at the time of the shooting. He called for the closure of businesses that allow gatherings without proper security measures.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, with detectives and crime scene investigators interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence at the crime scene. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect or suspects involved in the shooting.