Police Identify Woman Killed In Kansas City Shootout as Mariana Hernandez-Gonzales

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By Jacquellena Carrero

Kansas City police have identified the woman who was killed while trying to escape a shootout on Tuesday night.

Sgt. Kari Thompson with Kansas City Police says 30-year-old Mariana Hernandez-Gonzales was fatally shot after trying to flee gunfire between two other cars in Kansas City, Missouri. Hernandez-Gonzales's car was struck by one of the other vehicles involved in the shootout. She was not involved in the exchange of gunfire, police said.

Kansas City Police Chief Forte said that Hernandez-Gonzales was thrown from her SUV after the collision. Six children who were in her car were critically injured after the accident and taken to a nearby hospital, but officials said early Wednesday that they were expected to survive.

Another person who was taken to the hospital after being shot was expected to be released from the hospital sometime on Wednesday.

One person of interest was taken into custody Tuesday evening.

“We detained one subject of interest in that area last night. That subject is on an investigative hold as we sort through the investigation,” Sgt. Thompson told NBC News.

Speaking at the scene of the accident last night, Sgt. Thompson described the incident as “tragic.”

"This community, we have got to get a clue. Every life matters in our community. Every life matters. Whether you live south of the river, north of the river. If you live in Kansas City, the urban core is your community. Let's not turn a blind eye to this area,” she said.

No further details on the investigation were immediately available.