Neighbors ‘thankful’ KC business owner survived vicious beating

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- "I could hear him screaming get back and stop!" says Maurice Willis about a holiday nightmare that unfolded in his next door neighbor's drive-way on Christmas Eve morning.

"My 11-year-old daughter was in our back window and she told me she saw the two guys. She says one of them had some type of gun and he was poking L.C. in his stomach when he was on the ground. He was bleeding and he had blood all over his face, " says Willis.

Neighbors say Richardson told them around nine Saturday morning two young looking guys pulled into his driveway in a white, commercial type van, got out and then demanded money.

Neighbors say an injured Richardson pleaded for his life and gave the robbers all of the money he had on him.

"When I heard all the commotion I ran outside and one of them then shot me in the chest, "  next door neighbor, Phil Banks, told FOX 4's Molly Balkenbush on Saturday.

Neighbors say L.C. Richardson had just stepped out of his home near East 99th and Hillcrest Road and was going bird hunting when the robbers attacked him.  By late Monday, a neighbor said one of the robbers apparently grabbed Richardson's hunting gun and actually fired a bird shot into Phil Banks' chest.

"I heard all of the commotion, ran outside, saw L.C. on the ground and that's when I saw a neighbor calling 911. There was blood all over his driveway and he was bleeding from his head. He suffered a big gash. I stayed there and comforted him until paramedics arrived, " says a woman who lives in the area.

For more than 30 years, barbecue lovers have enjoyed good food and good conversation with the friendly owner of "L.C's Barbecue" near Blue Parkway and Sni-A-Bar.

"He's such a good guy, a very nice guy. He and his family do a lot for the community. Nine times out of 10 when you go to LC's, you're going to see him sitting in there. It's just a shame that happened to him and on Christmas Eve. I thank God he's okay," adds Maurice Willis.

Richardson's barbecue business was opened Monday.  A manager said they had "no comment and we're trying to maintain a low profile."

On Monday, Mr. Richardson had his truck towed because he thinks the robbers also stole the keys to his vehicle.

In the meantime, back in his Kansas City neighborhood, L.C.'s outraged neighbors remain vigilant as police search for the two robbers.

"We're all concerned about what happened to him and we're just shocked. This is a fairly close-knit neighborhood and we all watch out for each other. Something like that just shakes your foundation, " says one of Richardson's neighbors.