Woman gunned down in store parking lot identified, family mourns loss

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Police have identified the woman shot and killed in a Kansas City, Kan., Lowe's parking lot as 29-year-old Janet L. Billings of Bonner Springs, Kan.

From facebook profile.  Many friends are mourning Janet Billings online.

From Facebook profile.
Many friends are mourning Janet Billings online.

Police said around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, officers were dispatched to a Lowe's Home Improvement store, located at 6900 State Avenue, after receiving a tip that a female in her late 20s was shot in the parking lot.

Police believe Billings knew the gunman.

“Definitely a scary situation, I can say we don't believe this was just a random act, nobody was just coming up here looking for somebody to shoot,” said Officer Tom Tomasic with the KCK Police Department.

Billings’ relatives spoke to FOX 4 on Monday and say they have a lot of unanswered questions, but the only thing they know for sure is that their loved one is dead. Police do have someone in custody who may be suspected, but formal charges haven't been filed yet.

“I'm glad that person is not roaming the streets to do this to somebody else,” R.J. Billings, the victim’s brother, said.

R.J. told FOX 4 he couldn’t believe his little sister is dead. He said she loved dirt track racing and children, especially her nieces and nephews, and it's painful to realize she'll never have children of her own.

“We're going to miss out on her having kids. She wasn't married, so we're never going to have none of that, we're not going to have a wedding for her, we’re not going to have nieces or nephews or none of that. It's all been taken from us,” he said.

Denise Risley says she'll miss her sister's laugh and hopes the person who killed her will be held accountable.

“It just needs to stop. All this gun stuff needs to be done with, too many people are losing their loved ones over stupid stuff, and it's not fair,” Risley said.

After the shooting several groups of people arrived the scene, who said they knew the victim; some cried, while others could be seen comforting each other. Police have spoken with several witnesses and are following some leads.

The crime is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the KCK Police Department at (913) 596-7002 or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.


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