Kansas City police say 3rd homicide reported Saturday stemmed from argument

Update: Police on Saturday afternoon identified the victim as Leroy M. Purkett, 28.

Police are investigating a homicide Saturday in Kansas City’s Indian Mound neighborhood.

A shooting was reported just after 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the 300 block of Drury Avenue, Kansas City Police Department spokeswoman Alayna Gonzalez told media.

Police discovered a man lying wounded in the street, Gonzalez said. Emergency medical services transported the victim to the hospital, where he died a short time later.

Detectives believe the shooting happened after a fight in the middle of the street, Gonzalez said, but no person of interest was in police custody as of Saturday afternoon.

Gonzalez said police had previously received a call about a disturbance, but she did not have the details.

“We need to work together and figure out how to settle these arguments peacefully,” she told media at the scene.

Police tape blocked off a portion of the residential street Saturday afternoon as detectives combed the area for evidence.

KCPD is asking anyone with information to call detectives at 816-234-5043 or the anonymous TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

The homicide marks the 137th killing this year in Kansas City, according to data kept by The Star, which includes fatal shootings by police.

No other information was immediately available.