Police in Kansas City, Missouri confirm that three people were killed and five others wounded in a shooting at a parking lot around 4:30 a.m. local time.
The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department said in a statement that police discovered the bodies of two adult men and an adult woman in the parking lot and in the street just south of a nearby intersection. All three were declared dead at the scene. Five other shooting victims went to various hospitals in ambulances and private vehicles; police said their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Kansas City Police Department spokesperson Jake Becchina said that investigators said there was a “large gathering” in the parking lot at the time of the shooting. It was not immediately clear what the gathering was for, but the mayor indicated it may have been a local business acting as an unlicensed club. An initial investigation by police indicates the gathering took place outside an auto mechanic shop, where police have been called to before.
There was no immediate information about any arrests being made.
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas wrote on Facebook: “My condolences to the families of three people killed in a shooting this morning at an apparent after-hours gathering near 57 and Prospect. If the business knew persons would be present, without security, selling alcohol, and thwarting our laws, that business should be closed … Similarly situated businesses operating as unlicensed clubs where we have seen countless shootings and murders should expect the same enforcement action.”
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