One man dead, one person in custody after stabbing near KCMO gas station

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City man is dead and one person is in custody after a reported stabbing at a 7-Eleven gas station in KCMO.

Police said officers were called to the gas station, located at Independence and Woodland avenues, around 3 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a person down in the street.

When officers arrived, they found a man -- later identified as Alton D. Hughes, 51 -- in the street with no signs of life. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses said Hughes and suspect were involved in a "verbal disturbance" that turned violent when Hughes was allegedly stabbed.

KCMO police said a person of interest is in custody.

"We have someone in custody right now who matches the description of the suspect, so we’re trying to find out if he is in fact the suspect," KCMO Officer Darin Snapp said. "We have a lot of video here in the area. It should be able to tell us if it’s him or not​."

Anyone with information about the stabbing is encouraged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.