27-year-old woman shot, killed; Kansas City police search for suspect

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City police are on the lookout for a gunman who shot and killed a woman early Thursday morning in the 3600 block of Askew.

Police say around 12:30 a.m., someone called 911 to report a shooting.

When they arrived, they found Lonnasha Tate suffering from a gunshot wound, and paramedics quickly rushed her to the hospital, but she died from her injuries.

Police also found two young children inside the house. It is not clear if Tate was their mother or a guardian of some sort.

A family member tells Fox 4 the victim knew the gunman and said she was holding a shotgun when the gunman shot her. It is unclear why Tate was shot.

Police have not arrested anyone and are asking any witnesses or anyone who might know who shot and killed Tate to call the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

This is the 55th homicide in the city this year, more at this time of year than in the past five years.