Independence police are investigating a homicide that occurred in the area of Interstate 70 and Noland Road about 9 p.m. Friday.

Police say shots were fired into a vehicle on the entrance ramp from Noland to westbound I-70, leading to death of one person in the vehicle. The victim was then found with the car behind the QuikTrip at U.S. 40 and Sterling Road. Other occupants of the car had stayed with it.

Police closed off westbound I-70 at Noland Road – backing up traffic for miles – as well as the southbound lanes of Noland at 39th Street to look for evidence and investigate the shooting.

No information about the victim was released.

Police are asking any witnesses to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-8477 or IPD investigations at 816-325-7330 or email

The shooting death marks the seventh homicide this year in Independence and the second one this week.