KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Two men are dead following a heated argument over a sweater in Kansas City, Kan. Police have identified one of the men as 29-year-old Gabriel Valdivia.
Police discovered Valdivia dead on the front lawn of a home in the 2300 block of South Mill Street around 3:40 a.m., after being called to the scene. During their initial investigation police learned the gunman was hiding in a house next door. Police surrounded the house and used an intercom system to communicate with him.
Kansas City, Kan., and other police agencies assisted in the standoff. Around 11:20 a.m. police entered the home and found the suspect dead. Police said he died of a self-inflicted wound.
McKayla Lopez, a friend of the victim, said Valdivia and the gunman were drinking at a party the night before and began fighting over a sweater when gunfire erupted.
"He was partying with friends and they got drunk and the guy, I guess, shot him over a sweater," Lopez said.
The friend added that Valdivia had recently told his nine-year-old son he was going to turn his life around.
"He was using drugs and all that stuff and he was wanting to turn his life around, and he had just got through telling his son that, 'Daddy's going to turn his life around' and then he died."