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Report: Man faces questions in Kansas City killings

Authorities cordon off a portion of a street in Kansas City, Mo. after three people were found shot to death, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. CBS affiliate KCTV

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A man previously accused in a double murder is now a suspect in an assault on hotel guests in Kansas City and is also a person of interest in Tuesday's fatal shooting of three people and critical wounding of two others on the south side of town, reports CBS affiliate KCTV.

Multiple sources close to the investigation told the station that Brandon Howell, 34, was arrested Tuesday night walking along Interstate 29 following a massive manhunt.

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Brandon Howell
Johnson County Sheriff's Office via CBS affiliate KCTV
Howell is reportedly suspected of physically assaulting three guests at a Motel 6 in a commercial area in the northern part of the city. A police statement said no weapon was used in those assaults but provided no other details.

In investigating those assaults, police say they found a 2002 Toyota Highlander that had been stolen from a home where a shooting had taken place earlier Tuesday.

Two women and one man were found shot to death Tuesday afternoon, and two others were in critical condition Wednesday after the attacks at three homes in a middle-class neighborhood in south Kansas City.

A couple of hours later, police learned of the assaults at a Motel 6.

A police statement said that shortly before midnight, officers arrested a man with a gun whom they positively identified as a suspect in the motel assaults.

"The investigation continues to determine if there is any relationship between the motel assaults and the earlier homicides," police said. They would not say whether they're still looking for a suspect in the shootings.

Kansas City police spokeswoman Sgt. Kari Thompson said three shooting victims died at the scene and that two were taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police Captain Tye Grant said Tuesday night that the three dead included one man and two women, WDAF-TV reported.

CBS affiliate KCTV - who identifies the man arrested in connection with the incidents as Howell - reports the 34-year-old has an extensive criminal history, including charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, robbery and assault. He was not found guilty of all of those charges, however. He was acquitted of two first-degree murder charges in 2009, according to the station.

  • Crimesider Staff

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