Westport victim recalls weekend shooting

Posted on: 9:54 pm, April 30, 2013, by

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A metro man relives some scary moments from a night that was supposed to be all fun.  The man said he was an innocent bystander when shots rang out in popular entertainment district Westport.

The victim was struck in the arm. He was one of two people shot while standing outside The Gusto Lounge on Westport Road early Saturday.

The man does not want to be identified because he fears for his safety since the suspects are still on the loose.

“When it happened, everyone just started screaming and scattering and it was crazy,” he said.

The victim said he just arrived at Gusto’s Lounge and was standing outside when he saw two guys being thrown out.

“As they came out the guys told the bouncer ‘We’ll be back to shut this place down,’ basically saying we’re going to come back and cause problems and if you don’t believe us, you’re crazy,” he said.

The guys were true to their word.

The victim said they pulled up, opened the window and started firing anywhere between four to seven shots.

“I started to feel a burning sensation in my arm and I looked down and there was a hole in my arm,” he said.

The victim said it could take up to a year to recover completely.

“Doctor’s orders, I can’t work, I can’t drive, I can’t do anything,” the victim said.

He said he doesn’t want this to happen to anyone else. He wants the suspects off the streets.

“All they’re going to do is cause more problems.  They’re going to do this to someone else and you know, it’s going to be worse than this and I’m lucky to still be alive,” he said.

A police report says a 22-year-old woman was also hit in the back and is recovering.

Officers said a witness saw the female victim arguing with both suspects before they were kicked out

Witnesses said the men took off in a blue SUV with tinted windows.

Police said they are looking into surveillance video from the area.

If you have any information, call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
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