BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Kansas law enforcement officials are still trying to make heads or tails of what happened on Tuesday at a Spire construction site. Based on the preliminary report, a 23-year-old construction worker was fatally shot by an unknown individual after the man refused to give him a cigarette. Company sent all workers home after the incident.
Construction Worker Survived by Pregnant Fiancé
On Tuesday, the Kansas City authorities were summoned to a construction site after an individual told the emergency operator that an unknown individual gunned down an employee.
Upon arriving at the location, the first responders discovered an unresponsive 23-year-old male victim, later identified as Johnathon Porter. The man was rushed to the hospital for life-saving surgery but passed away later that day due to his injury. Coroner’s report stated that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest.
The investigation revealed that Porter was a sub-contractor, employed by InfraSource which currently worked a Spire contract. During the morning, the construction worker was approached by an African-American individual who allegedly asked him for a cigarette.
Based on the witnesses’ testimonies and surveillance footage, Porter told the individual that he didn’t smoke before asking him to leave the area.
The suspect complied and left. However, before leaving the site, the suspect turned around and yelled at Porter, accusing him of lying about not having cigarettes. Before Porter and his colleagues could react, the suspect unholstered his gun and shot six or seven times towards the construction crew. Porter was the only injured construction worker.
Authorities have launched a state-wide manhunt for the individual and asked the public to come forth with information. Based on the police report, the suspect is an African-American male, around 30 years of age. When last seen, he was wearing a dark-colored hooded jumpsuit and gray pants.
Porter, the construction worker who lost his life on Tuesday during a random shooting, is survived by his expecting fiancé.
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