One dead, one in hospital and two on the run following shooting at Blue Springs apartment complex

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- An early morning shooting at a Blue Springs apartment complex Wednesday ended with one man dead, one man in the hospital and two suspects on the run.

Police say around 12:30 a.m., residents of an apartment complex near Southwest 9th and Meadowridge called 911 after hearing a barrage of gunfire.

Responding officers found a 45-year-old Hispanic male dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Police have not yet released the victim's name or whether he lived in one of those apartments.

While on the scene, officers were able to obtain a description of the suspects' vehicle, and other officers headed to the scene noticed that vehicle speeding away from the area.

Officers tried to pull over the vehicle, which was heading north on 7-Highway, but the driver steered the car into a ditch near 30th Terrace, and two of the suspects ran off into the woods. A third person remained in the car, and paramedics rushed him to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the stomach area.

Officers brought out the K-9 units and scoured nearby woods for several hours but came up empty-handed.

Police say they are confident evidence in the car, along with testimony from the shooting victim, will help lead them to the other two suspects.

"There were not a lot of people outside, but the main thing is hearing those shots fired and being able to get a description of the vehicle and such that were in the area," Sgt. Joe Fanara with the Blue Springs Police Department said. "And of course, trying to care to  the subject who was deceased at the scene."

Around 9 a.m., someone who lives in Blue Springs called police and said they saw two suspicious people walking in their area. Police responded to the area and have urged people to lock their doors and stay vigilant.

Sgt. Joe Fanara is expected to issue an update on the case at 4 p.m. Wednesday. FOX 4 will provide updates as they become available. Refresh this page or tune to FOX 4 news at 5 and  6 p.m. for the latest.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.