canada africa partner reservation Witnesses recall Sunday morning’s deadly shooting in Westport

Witnesses recall Sunday morning’s deadly shooting in Westport

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KANSAS CITY, MO – A group of friends remember how at the corner of Westport and Broadway, what was supposed to be a fun night out turned deadly quickly.

“It was like pow pow pow pow pow, 5 or 6 7 shots, something like that,” Ellie Preston said.

Ellie Preston and her friends were enjoying the sights and sounds of Westport when several shots rang out around 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

“It was really scary, it was just loud, you knew what they were as soon as it happened,” Preston said.

They immediately took cover near this Taco Bell Cantina, saying they feared for their lives.

“It’s like the only thing you can do right now is run,” Preston said. “We just started screaming and running and crying. We were like hiding behind the car with this couple and the girl was crying.”

According to Kansas City police, the gunfire began around 1:20 a.m. Sunday morning, east of the Westport and Broadway intersection, after a disturbance in a large crowd led to gunfire.

The shots injured six people, including a young man who died from his injuries. Police identified him as Jahquan Robinson – whose 24th birthday would have been Sunday, something Mathias Miller finds sad.

“It makes it feel super real and devastating,” said Miller, “It’s something that we expect to some degree and I feel like I have no control over it, so it’s kind of disappointing that I feel that I can do nothing.” about the.”

This group of young adults are saddened by what took place during what should have been a fun evening, and they hope that things in Westport will soon change for the better.

“At the same time, I’m just kind of numb to it because it’s like these things happen all the time, even though you were there,” Preston said.

“I don’t think this is going to stop people from going out and I know there’s a lot of protection down there, but it’s something you have to keep in mind if you’re going out,” Miller said.

Kansas City Police say if you saw or heard anything, you are asked to call 816-474-TIPS, which is anonymous for a reward of up to $25,000.