3 dead in complicated Kansas City crime scene involving gunfire and flames

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Three people are dead on the far east side Monday after police responded to what they're calling an active shooter situation.

Neighbors claimed they heard two separate instances of gunfire after 2 a.m.

When officers arrived at a house near East 48th Street and Sycamore Avenue, they found a black woman dead in the front yard.

Just after making that discovery, police said a black man armed with gun came out of the home and fired at officers. Police said multiple officers returned fire, killing the suspect.

After police stopped the shooter, officers noticed smoke coming from the house. Police said firefighters put out what appeared to be a deliberately set fire and discovered the body of another woman dead inside the home.

Police are investigating reports of a car squealing away from the scene before officers arrived.

The victims and shooter have not yet been identified, and police say they've yet to determine whether any of them lived at the home.

"KCPD is saddened for the lives lost," KCPD Capt. Lionel Colon said. "Yet we are thankful the active shooter situation was contained and brought to a conclusion."

Those who live nearby said there's been a lot of shots fired in their Eastwood Hills neighborhood during the last month.

"It's just very scary," said Sarah Jones, who called 911. "We heard all the gunfire. We got them to the basement and the kids couldn’t go to sleep obviously. They’re shaken up, scared. We’ve had a lot of gunfire in this neighborhood in the past month. I’ve called numerous times for gunfire."

Colon said he was concerned the crime scene could have expanded if the suspect escaped.