Monday, November 23, 2009

Pregnant woman killed on Armour Blvd. identified

UPDATE: The medical examiner has determined Ms. Thomas' baby was viable outside the womb, therefore the killing counts as two homicides. Two men have been charged in their deaths: 25-year-old Lionel Henderson and 24-year-old Calvin Boswell.

At 5:18 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, officers were called to the 1300 block of East Armour Boulevard to investigate a shooting. When they arrived, they found a male (driver side) and a female (front passenger seat) sitting in a car in front of an apartment building. The male and female had both been shot. The female was transported to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead. She has been identified as 25-year-old Ashley D. Thomas of Kansas City, Mo. Thomas was reportedly 9 months pregnant, and medical staff were not able to save the unborn child. The male was transported to an area hospital, and he remains in critical condition. He is in his late teens to early 20's.

A witness reported seeing two males running northeast from the vehicle after the shooting.

Until the medical examiner makes a ruling on the viability of the fetus, only Ashley Thomas' death will be counted as a homicide at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).