The Kansas City corner that business owners say is a hot spot for violence

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An armed man robbed a clerk at a south-side gas station early Friday morning.

It happened at the corner of 107th and Blue Ridge.  According to police, it's the second time this month a clerk was assaulted -- and on Friday shots were fired at witnesses.

Employees at neighboring businesses say the corner of 107th and Blue Ridge is nothing but trouble. Surveillance cameras are aimed to catch each angle and every face of those who walk by. Yet week after week, according to Kansas City police, officers respond to this very address on reports of violent crime in action.

The latest came early Friday morning when a masked man held a gun to the gas station clerk's head and got away with all the money in the register. Two witnesses who followed the suspect and his getaway driver were fired at but were unharmed, police say.

Two weeks ago police say an under-aged teen attacked and beat the store clerk when the teen was refused liquor. And three weeks ago a shootout between two men arguing in the 7-11 parking lot left employees at neighboring businesses running for cover.

"One guy whipped open the back doors of his Tahoe, pulled his pistol out. The other guy reached in his car, pulled his pistol out and started exchanging gunfire," said Rick Tarwater, the manager at A-1 Brakes, which is directly across the street from the gas station.

Tarwater says an inch to the left that day and he would have been dead.

"When it came through the hood of the car, it actually shifted my hat and I could feel the heat and the paint off the car and bullet," he said.

Tarwater says it's the fourth shootout to take place in the 7-11 parking lot during business hours in the last six months.

"Scary," he said. "Especially when you're not involved in it, and you're just trying to make a living."

"I don't think time has a factor on crime you know. Just gotta keep your heads up at all times and watch out. It's a dangerous world," said Joey Broyles, who lives just down the street.

The manager of the 7-11 wouldn't comment and referred FOX 4 to 7-11's corporate offices. A spokesperson for corporate says they are letting police handle the matter and the store has turned over all surveillance video from Friday morning's robbery.

Witnesses were also able to give police a license plate number from the getaway car.

 

 

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