Kansas City, Mo. Three people were killed Friday, as the city's homicide total passed that of 2004 with three months remaining.
Ninety-four people have been killed this year compared with 70 at this time a year ago.
The first victim, identified as Leo C. Leeks, 29, of Kansas City, Kan., died after being shot near a nightclub early Friday in the city's River Market area.
The second victim was one of three people discovered suffering from gunshot wounds about 2 p.m. inside a home. The other victims in that shooting, a man and a woman, were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. A 2-year-old child was found inside the home unharmed.
The third victim was found about 2:30 p.m. in an alley. He had been shot at least once, police said.
The city recorded 91 homicides last year, 92 in 2003 and 87 in 2002. Seven of the 2004 killings and one in 2003 have been linked to one man, serial killing suspect Terry Blair.
The city's record, 153 homicides, was set in 1993.
Five killings were reported in the first 30 hours of 2005, and the city had 18 homicides by the end of February.
"A lot of people are looking at the whys and trying to figure this out," police spokesman Capt. Rich Lockhart told The Kansas City Star earlier this week when the number of homicides matched last year's total.