Mother says her son is among 3 killed in 2 separate shootings Tuesday in KCMO

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Three people are dead after two separate shootings in Kansas City, Mo., Monday night.

Officers were sent to the area of 73rd and Wabash just after 9 p.m. for a shooting. Police say they found a man dead in the street.  A neighbor told FOX 4's Molly Balkenbush that police have been called to the neighborhood multiple times over the past few months.

Shortly after, two men in their early 20s went to Research Medical Center with gunshot wounds. One of the two men died. Police believe these two men were connected to the shooting at 73rd and Wabash.

"We believe there are other people that may have been involved at the scene, but we don't have a description of them yet," KCMO police captain Tye Grant said. "Urging anyone who has information on these to call the TIPS Hotline."

Fanandous 'D.J." Groves Courtesy: his mother

Fanandous 'D.J." Groves
Courtesy: his mother

On Tuesday, FOX 4's Robert Townsend spoke to a woman who said her son was one of the men killed at 73rd and Wabash.  She says his name is Fanandous 'D.J.' Groves; that he was 23-years-old and died at the hospital. The mother says he was sitting in the front seat of a car when he got in a fight with a person in the backseat of the car over a gun.  She told FOX 4 that her son fired a shot at him and killed him. She believes a man outside the car shot at Groves and killed him. She said her son carried a gun after he was stabbed in June when someone broke into his apartment near Longview and Blue Ridge.

Police did not confirm this series of events but did confirm the identities of the deceased as 23-year-old Gerrod H. Woods and 23-year-old Fanandous B. Groves.

A few hours after the Wabash shooting, police responded to another homicide scene in the 400 block of Maple. Investigators found a man in his late teens dead of an apparent gunshot wound near the back of an  apartment building.

Tuesday afternoon, police identified him as Sylvester Murishie, 19.

This makes 102 homicides in Kansas City for 2015.

KCMO HOMICIDE RATE

2011               106

2012               100

2013                97

2014                74

Anyone with information in either of these shootings is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474- TIPS.