Thursday, November 5, 2009

Homicide victim from 116th and Holiday identified

At about 4 p.m. yesterday, Nov. 4, police were called to 116th Street and Holiday Drive in regard to the sound of gunshots. Upon arrival, a shooting victim was located in the street with no signs of life. He was pronounced dead a short time later. The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Maurice West of Kansas City, Mo.

Witnesses said the victim was walking with another male when two black males approached on foot and shot the victim. The suspects ran north on 116th Street. Police thougth they went to a house on Longview Road and surrounded it for several hours. Police left at about 9 p.m. yesterday. The suspects have not been located, and anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

Mr. West's is Kansas City's 96th homicide of 2009, compared to 111 at this point in 2008, and 86 at this point in 2007.

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