UPDATE: Kansas City police have identified the victim in this shooting as 36-year-old Crystal Rayner.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police say one woman has died after she was found shot on Interstate 670 on Wednesday morning.
At 5:38 a.m. police were called to an injury crash in the westbound lanes of I-670 near Broadway Boulevard. A woman with gunshot wounds was found inside the vehicle. Emergency crews took her to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
The shooting caused emergency crews to shut down several portions of I-670 for roughly three hours Wednesday morning, leading to several sections of traffic backup along the interstate.
KCPD spokesperson Donna Drake asked drivers to consider the victim’s family amid the early morning congestion.
“As frustrating as that may be for commuters, there is a family that is going to get a knock on the door that their loved one is not coming back,” Drake said.
KCPD has not provided any additional information on a potential suspect or what may have led up to the shooting.
While police have not yet identified the victim, sources tell FOX4 the woman found shot was the aunt of Antoinette Brenson.
Less than three weeks ago, Brenson was one of three victims shot and killed at the Kansas City nightclub Klymax Lounge. Brenson’s aunt had been taking care of the 24-year-old’s three children after her death.
Now their family is mourning the loss of two people in one month.
“We’re beyond the point to say that this is an epidemic of violence,” said Damon Daniel, president of ADHOC. “We’ve been saying that for a long time.”
ADHOC said it’s historical trauma.
“There’s so many people in our community just like this family who have not had the chance to heal, to even begin their journey,” Daniel said.
ADHOC members were blown away when they learned who the victim of Wednesday’s shooting was.
“Everybody has been affected by it at least once in their life,” said Toni Vaughn, ADHOC’s director of prevention and intervention. “To see it happen over and over again, this is tough.”
“A child that age deserves a mother and a father,” Vaughn said. “They don’t deserve to be left in the community alone like this. They don’t deserve to experience this level of grief at this age.”