At about 1 a.m. Jan. 17, police were near 16th and Holmes handling a traffic problem from a private party in the area when they heard the sound of shots one block to the west. When they got to the scene, they found 19-year-old Orlando Smith of Kansas City, Mo., dead in the parking lot.
Initial investigation indicates the shooting resulted from a disturbance at the private party. The suspect is described as a black male with braids who left the scene in a dark, newer-model Jeep Liberty or Jeep Patriot. Police believe several people witnessed the shooting but left before talking to police. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.