KANSAS CITY, Kansas (KCTV) – An intense manhunt is underway for a suspect in the murder of four men in KCK and another man in Montgomery County, Missouri.
It all started at a home where four people were shot about 11 p.m. Monday to the 3000 block of South 36th Street. Three men in their early 30s were found dead at the home, and the fourth victim died at a hospital. Their names weren’t immediately released. Police say one of the men shot to death managed to call police before he died.
The suspect, 36-year-old Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino, lives next door to where the shootings happened. Police officer Thomas Tomasic said he didn’t know what prompted the shooting.
Neighbors say Serrano-Vitorino fled in a 2002 red Dodge Ram 1500 truck. That truck was found 170 miles to the east.
Sources tell KCTV5 News that another body was discovered near his abandoned truck. They say it is a fifth murder victim. Police are now searching the area near where the truck was found along Interstate 70.
“The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and The Missouri Highway Patrol received a 911 call about 7 a.m. Tuesday from a citizen that reported they heard gunshots. Highway patrol troopers responded to the scene and found a 49-year-old gunshot victim dead,” Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Paul Reinsch said.
Reinsch said a witness reported seeing the shooter leave the scene on foot. Authorities believe the man, thought to be Serrano-Vitorino, is still on foot and is the general area, but no longer on the victim’s property.
An off-duty Jackson County Sheriff’s deputy, who was driving in the area, spotted the suspect’s abandoned truck. Reinsch says officers are setting up a perimeter and searching along tree lines. Up to 100 officers are assisting in the search. All area schools are under lockdown.
Serrano-Vitorino was last seen wearing a red and black flannel jacket, blue hooded sweatshirt, and possibly blue jeans. He is considered armed and dangerous and may be carrying an AK-47.
Anyone with information is urged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.