Police respond to double shooting on Country Club Plaza

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Shots were fired on the plaza Saturday night. Dozens ran for cover in stores in the heart of the plaza after someone opened fire.

Witnesses report hearing at least 5 shots fired here near the corner of 47th and Broadway. Police say two people, a male and a female, were shot on Broadway. The two were rushed to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The plaza was packed, as dozens of families file through the area, a lot of witnesses for police to speak with. FOX 4 spoke with two witnesses who said they heard screams and rapid gunfire immediately took cover.

"I heard a girl say 'shots fired.' I ran over and hid behind a fire truck and saw a girl on a gurney," Nick Boesen said.

"I heard some shots. I didn't know what it was. I didn't know if it was firecrackers or maybe a gun. We kind of joked like hey maybe that's a gun. We didn't know. We came around and saw the crime scene tape was being put up," Chris Briscino said.

Photographer Nick Boesen took a picture of the female victim, being take away on a gurney. She looked to be in her 20s and was alert as she was being treated.

The general manager of the plaza released a statement to FOX 4, saying "Police and security responded immediately and are now actively investigating the incident. We are fully cooperating with police."

Mayor Sly James released a statement on the shooting.

“Tonight I have mixed emotions. I’m thankful that the victims from tonight’s shootings are not suffering from life-threatening injuries and that no additional bystanders were hurt. However, I’m angry that gun violence continues to shatter lives in all parts of our city, whether it be on the Plaza or at 44th and Montgall, where I grew up. We must send a message to those individuals whose use of guns to diminish the safety of all of our neighborhoods. Let’s bring this person to justice quickly by calling the tips hotline, 816-474-TIPS, if you have any information that could help.”

There are no suspects in custody. Police don't have any descriptions available.