KANSAS CITY — Missouri's largest city has reached an unwanted milestone — a new record for homicides in a year.

Two people died in separate shootings Thursday in Kansas City, the 155th and 156th killings in 2020. The Kansas City Star reports that breaks the record set in 2017. Meanwhile, the city has recorded 35 more killings this year than at the same time in 2019.

The first shooting happened just before 8 p.m. Officers sent to an apartment complex found a man in the hallway suffering from gunshot wounds. He died at the scene.

Officers responded around 10:45 p.m. to a home in the historic Northeast area. Witnesses told police they heard gunshots and then found a man and woman both shot inside their home, police spokesman Doaa El-Ashkar said.

Both victims were taken to hospitals. The male victim was pronounced dead. The female victim's injuries were non-life-threatening, El-Ashkar said.

Witnesses told police they believed the shooter was a man who had been staying at the home.

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