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3 dead, 1 hurt in shooting in Kansas City suburb

Associated Press Modified: November 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Three men broke into a house in a Kansas City suburb early Friday and fatally shot a woman, her son and her boyfriend, police said. A fourth victim was critically injured.

No motive has been established for the shooting at the small home in Independence, but police Capt. John Cato said it was not a random act.

"This was an armed attempted residential robbery," Cato said. "They probably knew or at least were associated with one another."

Cato identified the dead as 48-year-old Maria Hernandez; her boyfriend, Thomas Madrigal; and Hernandez's 20-year-old son, Antonio. The fourth person was not identified.

The shootings were reported around 4:30 a.m., and a search for suspects continued Friday afternoon. At least two of the suspects could be armed, Cato said.

Authorities could be seen removing one body in a silver bag from the house shortly before 3 p.m. Friday and a second one about an hour later.

Neighbors said Hernandez and the other occupants had moved in this past year.

Authorities weren't certain Friday how many people lived in the house. Cato said the family may have included up to six children, but that some may be grown and living elsewhere.

Claudette Henson, a neighbor, said she recently saw Maria Hernandez at a football game in which one of Hernandez's younger sons was playing. Hernandez was wearing the boy's jersey.

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