The first homicide took place at about 2:58 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Shell gas station at 38th and Broadway. Officers found two people suffering from gunshot wounds, one of whom died a short time later at a local hospital. He has been identified as 31-year-old Arthur L. Dawkins Jr. of Kansas City, Mo. The other victim is listed in serious condition. Police have learned that when Dawkins pulled into the parking lot, he apparently struck the suspect's vehicle, which was parked at the gas pump. Dawkins and the suspect got into an argument, and the suspect shot Dawkins. The suspect's vehicle is described as an "old school" (possibly 1990s model) royal blue Chevy Monte Carlo. It was occupied by two black males. There were several people at the scene who left prior to police arriving. Police believe there were multiple witnesses to the shooting and ask anyone with information to please call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
The second homicide took place at about 5:57 p.m. Oct. 17 at 34th and Bellefontaine. Officers were called there on a shooting, and when they arrived, they found 33-year-old Earl V. Ricks of Kansas City, Mo., lying on the street suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. It appeared Ricks was riding a bicycle at the the time of the shooting. Again, if you have any information about this, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).