Police identify two homicide victims killed at birthday party in KCMO
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Police have identified the two people killed at a large family gathering on the northeast side of Kansas City late Saturday night. In total five people were shot during the incident.
Police said the shooting incident happened during a birthday party, outside a home at Thompson and Colorado, turning the event into a large disturbance with several witnesses.
On Monday, police identified two of the five shooting victims. Antonio Hernandez, 31, and Omero Garcia, 39, were both killed. Three other people, who have not been identified, went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
“This was a party. This was a gathering of friends and family that went tragically, tragically wrong,” said Sgt. Kari Thompson of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department.
Next door to the home where the shooting took place, neighbor Angie Richardson and her five small children slept through the whole thing.
“That is the first time it’s ever been that close. You hear things further away but that is the first time it’s ever been right next door,” said Richardson.
Residents in the neighborhood told FOX 4 that the people who live in the home where the shooting happened do throw big parties a couple times a year, but they typically do so with a permit. Officers said the residents of the home did have a permit until midnight Saturday night, but it was shortly after midnight that police got the call.
Homicide detectives spent the day on Sunday talking with witnesses, collecting more evidence and towing cars left behind in the wake of the party that went horribly wrong.
So far no suspects have been named in this case.
If you have any information in this case you are urged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816 474-TIPS.