Independence Police are looking for a person of interest in connection with a shooting investigation from early Wednesday.

Police are trying to find Diego J. Gomez, 25, of Independence, regarding a shooting in which the victim was found in a reported stolen vehicle.

According to police, at 2:42 a.m. officers were conducting an area check on an unrelated call near 18th Street and Waubesa Avenue, a few blocks west of the Englewood Arts District, when they located a stolen vehicle from outside Independence.

The vehicle tried to elude officers and was soon found abandoned in the 1700 block of Waubesa. Two occupants had fled on foot and were not found. Inside the vehicle, officers found a third person who had suffered a gunshot wound; that victim was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police say Gomez was with the victim around the time of the shooting. They have not specified if the victim was a male or female.

Anyone with information about Gomez’s location or about the case is asked to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-8477 or IPD tips at 816-325-7777 or email