Three Kansas City residents shot to death

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 | 12:24 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — Kansas City police are investigating the second triple-homicide in three days, after three people were found shot to death early Tuesday morning.

Police spokesman Capt. Steve Young said two men and one woman were found dead in a home on the city's southeast side after police responded to a call at 5:20 a.m. Several other people, including young children, were in the house at the time, police said.

No other details or identities were immediately available Tuesday morning.

Young said there was no indication that the killings Tuesday were linked to the shooting deaths Sunday of three men in an apartment four miles to the north at Linwood Avenue and Campbell Street.

"We don't have anything that would tie the two together," Young said. "It's a little bit early. Homicide detectives have an idea on the direction they're going."

Police identified the victims of Sunday's shootings as 23-year-old Philip Hall, 20-year-old Raymond Hill and 21-year-old Stacy Roberson, all of Kansas City. All three appeared to have been shot execution-style, police said, and there were no signs of forced entry.

"There was a lot of evidence inside the apartment as far as blood. We believe it was a very violent encounter, whatever happened inside this apartment," police spokesman Darrin Snapp told WDAF-TV.

Tuesday's slayings raised the number of homicides in Kansas City this year to 84, higher than the 80 recorded by this time last year. There were 106 homicides in the city in 2010.

Young said there's not much the police department can do to prevent acquaintances from killing each other.

"It's difficult to police when this is how people who know each other choose to solve their problems," he said.

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