Westport decries city’s lack of action after latest shooting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating a double shooting that occurred in the Westport area early Saturday.

Police officers and Westport security were just starting to clear the streets of pedestrian traffic in order to re-open the streets for vehicular traffic around 2 a.m. near Westport Road and Pennsylivania Avenue when several gunshots were fired.

Officers located two victims suffering gunshot wounds and a suspect fleeing the area on foot. Police chased the suspect to 41st and Main where he was taken into custody and a firearm was also recovered.

The victims are reportedly in stable condition.

Saturday afternoon, in response to media coverage of the shooting, Westport Kansas City tweeted, “we are saddened for the victims and their families. This city must step up to help stop the carrying and shooting of guns in Westport,” adding, “Our hearts go out to the victims of this senseless shooting. This could have been prevented had the city acted on the solutions presented.”

“How many more of our young people must be hurt or killed before our politicians will act? Scanning for guns is a no brainer. Safety First.” Wesport Kansas City later wrote.