KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police continued their intense search for the man who shot two people in the Northland Tuesday morning. The two victims, a woman and juvenile, were shot at about 8:15 a.m. in the 10300 block of North Virginia Avenue, which is just west of the Staley Farms Golf Club.
Kansas City, Mo Police Captain Tye Grant said the two victims are both in critical condition. Neighbors in the area say the juvenile is the woman's teenage daughter. Police said they found the victims shortly after a neighbor called police and reported seeing a man walking with a gun near 103rd and Virginia. A neighbor also said they saw the suspect and talked with him, but police aren't sure if that was before or after the shooting.
Tuesday afternoon, police released a more detailed description of the suspect, who had originally been described as only a 'scruffy' white male in a white T-shirt. Police now say the man is in his early 20's, about 5'7" tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He has dark hair, a scruffy beard and was wearing a gray or dirty white T-shirt and dark pants. He is believed to be armed with a shotgun.*
On Tuesday evening, the Kansas City Police Department tweeted out a composite sketch of what the shooting suspect may possibly look like.
Police do not believe the shooting was random. They believe the suspect came to the house with a purpose. Captain Grant said he believes the suspect targeted this particular residence, but he would not say why.
"Originally we were concerned that this person might be randomly walking around the neighborhood shooting people, and obviously we didn't want any of that to happen," said Cpt. Grant.
Tuesday morning, police officers searched garages with open doors and unlocked houses and sheds.
"Any place that we found that could be a location the suspect could be hiding at, we obviously searched that area the best we could," said Grant.
Police went to schools in the area of the shooting to make sure there were no kids inside. Staley High School was placed on lock down, while police set up a command post at New Mark Middle School near 106th and North Oak.
A viewer told FOX 4 that her daughter was at school for cheerleading practice and was not allowed to leave. Shortly after 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, police advised schools and childcare facilities that the lockdown could be lifted. However, they said lockdown decisions were left to the school and facilities. Parents should contact the schools for lockdown questions.
Neighbors we talked to say they are nervous. Many watched through their house windows as police conducted their investigation.
"Our doors stay locked, but now were not going outside or anything," said Serena Wood.
Police ask that if anyone sees the suspect to call 911 immediately.
*Initially, as the news was unfolding, it was reported a handgun was used. It is now believed the suspect had a shot gun, described as a 'long gun.'