Teen dies at hospital after being shot outside the Villages Apartments in Kansas City

A teen was pronounced dead at a hospital after being found Tuesday afternoon with a gunshot wound in the parking lot of a Kansas City apartment complex, a police spokesman said.

Officers responded about 12:30 p.m. to investigate a report of shots being fired near 82nd Terrace and Forest Avenue, said Capt. Corey Carlisle, a spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department.

Arriving officers found emergency medical workers treating the teen for a gunshot wound in the parking lot of the Villages Apartments in the 8200 block of Forest. An ambulance rushed the teen to a hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries, Carlisle said.

No suspect information was available and police were investigating the circumstances that lead to the shooting, he said.

The killing is Kansas City’s 68th homicide this year, according to data tracked by The Star, which includes fatal police shootings. There were 64 killings by this time last year, which ended as the second-deadliest year on record with 171 killings.

In 2020, 182 lives were lost, the most homicides ever recorded. The next year was the third-deadliest year, with 157 killings in 2021.

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call homicide detectives at 816-234-5043 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477). There is a reward of up to $25,000 for information which leads to an arrest in the case.

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