Monday, December 14, 2009

Men shot to death in cars Friday and Saturday identified

At 5:01 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, officers went to 68th Terrace and Myrtle on a reported sound of shots. Upon arrival, they found 19-year-old Rakim Gonzales (pictured bottom) of Kansas City, Mo., dead from apparent gunshot wounds in the driver's seat of a blue Toyota. He was found with a handgun in his hand, and a witness said two other vehicles had fled the scene, and the occupants of the cars had been shooting at one another.

Then at 3:41 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, officers were called to the 5400 block of Bellefontaine to investigate a shooting. They found 22-year-old William L. Payton (pictured top) of Kansas City, Mo., dead in the passenger seat. He had been shot to death. The male driver also had been shot, but his injuries did not appear life-threatening. Officers believe the shooting took place at another location, but the driver is providing few details about what happened.

No suspect is in custody in either case. Police ask anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).