Blue Springs man fires gun at fleeing burglars; thankful neighbor wasn’t hurt inside

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- Schools in the Blue Springs School District were on alert after suspects fled police late Thursday morning in an area near 7-Highway and Pink Hill Road.

Blue Springs officials tell FOX 4 that officers responded to a home invasion at Third Street and Sherwood. Shots were fired. FOX 4's Shannon O'Brien is on the scene and has spoken to neighbors who tell her they heard gunshots. One neighbor reportedly heard the sound of gunfire, armed himself, then went outside and saw the burglars running down the street. Witnesses say the neighbor shot toward the burglars. A neighbor also saw one of the burglars get into a gold car. Witnesses report there were four people robbing the home.

Two of the four suspects were arrested near the scene of the burglary. A third suspect was traced to Grain Valley. His parents let police into their home to search for him, but he was not there. Police then called him on his phone and was expected to turn himself in at the Blue Springs Police Dept.

After the burglars fled, two neighbors went inside the home and no one was there. The homeowner was reportedly at work.

Police and the school district made the decision to shut down Lucy Franklin Elementary School, 111 NE Roanoke Drive, and James Lewis Elementary School, 717 NW Park Road, until they can ensure student safety.

FOX 4 has a crew on the scene to gather more information, which we'll deliver to you through the FOX4KC app, Facebook page and in our newscasts.