(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The death of an 18-year-old man Wednesday marks the city's fourth homicide investigation of 2018.
Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 2500 block of Duncan Street after 11:00 p.m. Wednesday where they found two people with gunshot wounds. Daveon Harris, 18, was identified by a family member as the victim who was shot and killed.
A 20-year-old man suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police have not made any arrests but do believe the shooting was not an act of random violence.
The teen's death marks the second deadly shooting in August. On August 6, 29-year-old Mack Jenkins was shot and killed while in a vehicle on the 1000 block of Henry Street. A second victim was hospitalized in that shooting. Prosecutors later charged 35-year-old Jessie Lee Nelson with second-degree murder.
In April, St. Joseph police began investigating a homicide following a shooting outside a home on the 1100 block of Highly Street. William Talbott, 49, died after he was shot in the torso. No arrests have been made.
Police also continue to look for leads in the homicide of 24-year-old Lorenzo Lucas. Lucas was found shot in his car on Lafayette Street in March.
St. Joseph police said the department is dedicated to solving the crimes for each victim and officers continue to address recent acts of violent activity.
"The police department has a number of incentives and focused operations that we have initiated and are continuing which include multiple jurisdictions that address, combat and arrest violent criminals. In many cases, criminals we routinely arrest during these activities seem to be consistently involved in numerous criminal behaviors," said St. Joseph Police Department Captain Jeff Wilson. "In some cases, victims are known associates to the offender through continuing criminal behavior".
Wilson said the department is also working to reduce gun violence in the community.
"We acknowledge there is an issue involving gun crime and continue to address those issues through proactive operations and initiatives targeting offenders."
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