KANSAS CITY, Mo – The sounds gunfire were quickly replaced by screams in Westport as witnesses rushed to help a man down in a popular parking lot.
The man was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police say it happened around 11:30 Saturday night, near Westport Road and Southwest Trafficway in the Sun Fresh parking lot.
“It's kind of surreal.”
Jessse Waugh is still in shock, after what he witnessed Saturday night. He was inside his Westport home when he heard gun fire.
“I heard the first shot and came outside to see what was going on. Right as I was coming out the door I heard the second shot.”
His neighbors did, too.
“I was sitting at my desk and heard a couple shots,” Hampton Stevens said.
When Jesse got outside, he could see a man down in the parking lot across the street. Seconds later, he saw the suspects flee.
“I saw a white SUV take off and a couple of people hop over this wall over here behind sun fresh and head in opposite directions.”
Witnesses began to frantically gather around the victim, screaming for help.
“They were hysterical. It was obviously a bad situation from what I could hear.”
Jesse called 911 and told them what he saw. Within minutes, the parking lot was an active crime scene.
“Little tense, a lot of red and blue lights flashing around. The police presence down here after it happened was very large.”
The victim was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No arrests have been made. Westport witnesses are hoping for justice.
“Nobody deserves that,” Waugh said.
If you know anything about this shooting, police urge you to call crimestoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.