Independence police on Monday were investigating an overnight homicide.

Police were called to East Fifth Street and North Spring Lake Drive in the Hawthorne Place apartment complex at about 3:30 Monday morning.

They found a man lying on the ground, dead of apparent gunshot wounds. Police said three or four gunshots had been reported.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Tips Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS, IPD tips at (816) 325-7777 or email leads@indepmo.org. Police say if information given to the Tips Hotline results in an arrest or the issuance of a warrant, the caller is eligible to receive a cash award of up to $2,000.