Shots fired at Kansas City city workers and their vehicle stolen

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One person is in custody after police say he fired gunshots at city workers who were replacing a ramp for people with disabilities Wednesday morning in the area of 8th and Park.

According to a police dispatcher,  the suspect who put the workers' lives in danger and also stole their city vehicle.

It happened at about 10 a.m. just southwest of Independence Ave., and Prospect Ave.

Workers told police when they heard the first shot and saw a shirtless man walking towards them, they didn't think much and thought the sound was a firecracker.

"He looked like he was under the influence of some type of narcotic," one of the workers Adrian Hughes said. "He wasn't acting normal. He opened up with about 10 shots. We realized he had a gun, so we took cover in our city trucks and some of the employees ran in different areas."

As the workers tried to flee from the shooting, they say they saw the suspect get into an empty city truck and drive away.  The suspect didn't get far.

Police recovered the truck a few blocks away at 11th and Brooklyn. The suspect was eventually arrested at 9th and Prospect.

Police say the suspect is expected to face charges.

With recent reports of shots fired at police and shots fired into a fire station, public works crews say they don't understand why anyone would target those who are just trying to make the city a better place to live.

This is not the actual vehicle that was stolen Wednesday, but police say the stolen vehicle looks similar to this one.

This is not the actual vehicle that was stolen Wednesday, but police say the stolen vehicle looks similar to this one.

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