At the Mayor’s Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony

Mayor David Alvey spoke to those attending the Mayor’s Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday night in front of Kansas City, Kansas, City Hall. The event also included a steeple lighting this year for six downtown area churches. There was a drive-through event before the lighting ceremony for children to see characters and receive goodie bags. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Mayor’s Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony Friday night. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Mayor’s Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony Friday night. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Mayor’s Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony Friday night. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Mayor Alvey presented gifts to three families at the Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Mayor’s Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony Friday night. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Mayor’s Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony Friday night. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Mayor’s Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony Friday night. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Mayor’s Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony Friday night. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Mayor’s Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony Friday night. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Mayor’s Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony Friday night. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

Victim in fatal traffic accident identified

The victim in the fatal traffic accident on Thursday outside Walmart, 10824 Parallel Parkway, has been identified.

A spokesman for the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department stated that the victim was Lawrence Edward Walford, 82, a resident of Kansas City, Kansas.

He was struck by a vehicle as he was walking in the parking lot outside the store, according to police.

Walford was taken to a hospital, where he later died of his injuries, the spokesman stated.

A second victim who sustained serious injuries also was taken to the hospital, but has been released, according to the spokesman.

The driver of the vehicle, a 56-year-old woman, remains hospitalized in critical condition, the spokesman stated.

While the incident remains under investigation by the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department Traffic Division, detectives believe there is nothing at this time to indicate that the accident was intentional, the spokesman stated.

Any witnesses or individuals with information regarding this case are urged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477), police said.

Victim, suspect identified in shooting on 55th Drive

The Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office has identified a victim in Wednesday morning’s shooting inside a residence in the 1500 block of North 55th Drive, a spokesman said.

The victim was Cariya Reed, age 7, a resident of the home, the spokesman stated.

A second shooting victim, a 3-year-old boy, was taken to a hospital where he remains in critical condition, the spokesman stated.

The suspect, Keith Johnson Jr., age 38, also a resident of the home, was discovered deceased inside of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the spokesman.

Based on an initial investigation, Johnson also is suspected of shooting his girlfriend, also a resident of the home, earlier that morning at Welborn Park, 55th and Jodee Lane, according to the spokesman. She remains in critical condition at a hospital, the spokesman stated.

The incident is under investigation by the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit and the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department’s Major Case Unit.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS, according to the spokesman.