21-year-old shot at Ward Parkway Lanes last week dies

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The 21-year-old man shot at Ward Parkway Lanes on October 3 has died from his injuries.

Avery Williams was one of three people hurt in a shooting in the parking lot of the bowling alley just after 11 p.m. on that Sunday night.

Williams’ family said he was on a double date with friends and was leaving the bowling alley when the shooting happened.

His mother, Jemica Winston, said he was shot in the head and he was put on life-support.

“This wasn’t a drug deal gone wrong, or a bad kid that’s committed a whole bunch of crimes. We’re talking about Avery Williams,” Winston said. “I’m just standing here as a mother for justice, for change, and to stop somebody else’s child from getting harmed.”

Police are still looking for the suspects and ask anyone who knows any information to contact police or call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

Captain Leslie Foreman with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department said police need people to come forward with information.

“Anybody, if you were driving by, if you saw something, heard something even if you just heard chatter from someone, we really need the public’s help,” Foreman said.

“It’s heartbreaking. Here we are again talking about another murder. It’s senseless, right? There’s no reason this has to happen,” Foreman said. “We don’t know the circumstances that led up to it, but, like I said, if there’s anybody who knows and can talk to us and help us, we want to get people off the streets that are causing this violence. We’re working hard to do that, and we just continue to ask for the public’s help.”

“At 21 years old, you’ve barely started your life,” Foreman said. “It’s a family who is without their son, friends. I just, this leaves a hole in our community time and time again and we just want to work as hard as we can so we can get this solved.”

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