Independence Police Monday identified the victim of a weekend shooting as Jevon Basler, 32, of Independence.

Independence Police Monday identified the victim of a weekend shooting as Jevon Basler, 32, of Independence.

Meanwhile, neighbors reacted to the deadly shooting in their neighborhood that they say is mostly quiet.

Basler and a woman, who was driving, had been at a restaurant in Blue Springs and were returning home on Spring Street near Gudgell Street around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Another vehicle began to follow the couple in the area of Osage and Spring streets, and then began firing shots at the vehicle.

The driver ducked down in her seat after being hit, police said. She was struck in the hand. The passenger was struck and later died at a local hospital. The driver left the scene and drove to a nearby convenience store and called police.

Police did not release the identity of the driver, citing issues with her safety. The two victims were engaged, police said.

Neighbors say the area where the shooting occurred – north of Santa Fe Park – is normally quiet and, for the most part, crime free.

Rodney Freeman lives at the corner of Gudgell Avenue and McCoy Street, just west of the shooting scene. 

He was watching TV in the bedroom when he heard rapid-fire gunshots along with single-fire shots. He peeked out the window but didn’t see anything suspicious except four or five police cruisers race by.

“It had to have been at least 15 shots,” Freeman said.

Bullets pierced multiple homes on the 1600 block of South Spring Street.

Kyle Myers, who lives on the 1600 block of South Spring Street, wasn’t home at the time but his two roommates were.

“They thought they heard fireworks,” Myers said, “and they didn’t know they were gunshots at the time.”

Several hours after the shooting, Myers returned home only to find that police had blocked off the intersection of Spring and Gudgell.

Later that day, a friend asked him about the bullet hole in the exterior of the garage. “I didn’t know and he pointed it out and I said ‘yeah, that looks like a bullet hole to me.’ I’m glad I wasn’t here at the time.”

Richard Leakey, who lives two doors down from Myers, heard rapid fire shots lasting for about five seconds.

He thought he heard “something hit the side of the house.” But he scanned the exterior of the house later that day and couldn’t find any bullet holes. His neighbor’s porch next door apparently caught a bullet.

“There was a bunch of bullets ‘a flyin,” Leakey said. “They were clickin’ them off pretty quick.”

He got up from bed and went to the front door. He heard sirens and went back to bed.

Police are asking the public for help in developing leads in the case. If anyone has information on the incident, please call the Tips Hotline at 474-TIPS (8477) or the Independence Police Investigations Division at 816-325-7330.