Police are still waiting on a medical examiner's report before saying much more about a fatality double shooting in Independence.
The Independence Police Department still has not released the causes of death in a double shooting Wednesday that neighbors of the victims have called a murder-suicide.
Police officials said Friday the Jackson County medical examiner’s office has yet to determine a cause of death in the shooting of Timothy C. Owens, 24 and Jarah E. Snelling, 18, both of Independence. The delay has caused the Police Department to hold off announcing a motive in the case, although the investigation is leading toward a domestic dispute and the subsequent shooting.
Police Department Spokesperson Tom Gentry said he expected a coroner’s report back possibly later next week.
“I’m guessing it’s going to be a little while longer,” Gentry said of the inquiry. “Maybe a week, a week-and-a half.”
Snelling died at the scene of the shooting in the 1600 block of South Harvard Avenue, and Owens died at an area hospital.
Neighbors said Owens shot Snelling and then pulled the trigger on himself, but police have not given an account of exactly what happened.
The couple were the parents of an infant boy, believed to be 4 to 6 months old. The infant was placed in the custody of the Division of Family Services after the shooting. He is now in the care of relatives of Snelling.
Owens’ family members on the scene said the couple had recently broken up and that Owens had lost his job recently. A relative described the situation as surreal and out of character for Owens.
“I think everything just got to him,” said Owens’ cousin and Snelling’s distant relative Chris Hollister, “because that is not Tim.”