KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police continue to investigate a triple shooting that killed two men. Police said the shooting happened Wednesday just before midnight near 32nd and College.
The victims have been identified as Travis Pernell, 24, and Melvin Taylor, 29.
Police responded to the scene after someone reported hearing gunshots. When police arrived they found one man dead at the scene. Another man was taken to an area hospital where he later died. A third victim walked about a block and a half away to a fire station near Linwood and Indiana and sought help. His injuries are not considered life threatening.
Bishop Tony Caldwell with Stop the Killing Coalition said the shooter pushed an elderly woman after she asked him to leave. Caldwell says the men who were shot stood up to help her.
“The guy didn’t like them not allowing him to harm the old lady and got upset and shot the three young men,” Caldwell said.
Police have released no suspect information, but are asking anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816.474.TIPS or to text 274 637 and include the code TIP452 in the message. All calls and texts remain anonymous.
“When you see somebody committing a crime, it’s not snitching, it’s being a citizen,” said Caldwell.
Caldwell and police are also asking people to call with information about another shooting that killed a man named Tyree Stuckey.
The 27-year-old was hit by a stray bullet Monday night when he was driving down the 3300 Block of Jackson. Another car drove by, firing a gun, although police do not believe they were aiming at Stuckey. Still, he was hit in the head and died two days later.
“Bullets do not have any eyes,” said Caldwell.
Caldwell had five children.