KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Police are searching for a shooting suspect after a man was found dead near the front door of a Kansas City, Mo. home.
Around 1 p.m. on Saturday police were called to a residence in the 7100 block of Wayne in regard to a shooting. When officers arrived at the scene, they located the shooting victim, who was later identified by his family as 20-year-old Alonzo Thomas IV, lying by the front door of the home.
Witnesses said a black male with dreadlocks, who was wearing black and white clothing, shot Thomas in the front yard of the home and then fled from the scene on foot.
On Saturday, neighbors of Wayne Avenue watched as crime scene tape blocked off their homes, and police cornered off an area where Thomas's lifeless body lay on a porch. Family members of Thomas ran towards the edge of the tape, only to be told their son and brother was gone.
Rosilyn Temple, a neighbor, knows the pain of losing a loved one. Her son was murdered in 2011. She showed up on Saturday just to offer a shoulder to lean on.
“It's very important to have someone there who understands your pain,” said Temple. “As a mother losing a child to homicide you need someone who's going to be there and say, ‘I know how you feel.’”
FOX 4 talked to some of the Thomas' family members and one thing they can't understand is why and how the shooting happened.
"My son was a loving, kind and gentle soul. His death was sudden, devastating and heartbreaking. Alonzo will be truly missed," said Monique Willis, Thomas' mother, in a statement released on Sunday.
Police believe Thomas was hanging out in a front yard of the residence when a man pulled out a gun, then shot him and ran.
FOX 4 spoke with a witness who said Thomas was covered in blood, and said he tried to apply pressure, but Thomas died minutes later.
“It angers me. It takes me back to the time that I found my son,” said Temple.
Neighbors say the area has been quiet, with no shots fired for the past three weeks.
“Here we are again. Soon as the first day of it getting nice, people just want to take someone's life and it's just not fair,” said Temple.
No arrests have been made at this time. Kansas City, Mo. police are searching for a suspect and also investigating what led up to the shooting incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS (8477).