Kansas City police investigating triple homicide at apartment complex; two others hurt

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City homicide detectives are investigating three deaths on Thursday night at a Kansas City apartment complex. Officers responded to the 8600 block of E. 62nd Street at about 9:30 p.m., on a shots fired call.

FOX 4's Katie Banks reported from the scene that two others were seriously hurt in the shooting, including a juvenile who was taken to Children's Mercy Hospital. All five victims were from the same apartment, but it's unclear if they were inside or outside at the time of the shooting.

The victims were identified on Friday as 29-year-old Darrell E. Thomas, 28-year-old Victoria Brown and 20-year-old Ali R. Brown. All were Kansas City, Mo., residents.

Police say it's not the peaceful start to the year they were hoping for.

"I don’t know what happened here tonight. Detectives are on scene investigating, but we ask that if you know about someone who is maybe involved in an argument or you’ve heard that there’s some kind of a conflict going on, please call us. If we can try to stop or prevent a homicide, that’s what we’re here for. And that’s what we want to do. We want to have a peaceful 2017 in KC," said KCPD Captain Stacey Graves.

A man who lives at the apartment complex described how he found out about the deadly shooting.

"I was in my apartment cooking dinner and watching a movie with my girlfriend and I saw some sirens, some lights and everything, we didn’t hear anything and it kind of seemed like everything was off to the left where we couldn’t see it. Then my mother called me and asked if it was a double homicide," Derek Hutchens said.

Police sources tell FOX 4 that several men were seen in a dark Toyota firing gunshots and then driving away from the apartment complex. Further details about that vehicle and the suspects' descriptions haven't been released yet.

Hutchens said the apartment complex hasn't been a problem spot as long as he's lived there.

"We haven’t had too much trouble around here. They added lights when they changed property management and everything to the parking lot, and it made things a little more safe, but you know, the three years we’ve been here, we haven’t had anything like this happen. So it is a little scary," he said. "I guess it could happen anywhere. People always tell us to be careful where we live. I guess now we kind of have a little bit of an example to go off of now, unfortunately."

Rosilyn Temple with Mothers in Charge implored the community to provide tips to police to bring the shooter or shooters to justice, and for an end to community violence.

"We got to take our community back. We really need you all because we can’t allow children and people to keep on getting killed. How do we just live with ourselves everyday?" she said.

"Please come and support. Come and step out of your homes. We need clergy, conflict resolution, we need to talk about this. We need to bring awareness to our families, our children, our community, because it’s not stopping. It’s starting right back up. How do we allow this to happen and be okay leaving 2016 with all those homicides and coming back into 2017 and to start on up? We will not allow it."

If you have information that will assist investigators, call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.