Independence police call off search for shooting suspect

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Police in Independence have called off a search for a suspect they think is responsible for shooting a woman early Thursday morning.

Around 1:45 a.m. police said an officer responded to a 911 call from a woman who said she had been shot.

The officer said he found the woman in the street near the 600 block of North Hocker Ave.  According to the officer, the woman said she had gotten into an argument with a man, which got heated. The woman said the man then shot her.

The woman was able to give a description of the the man. The woman told police the suspect took off but wasn't sure which house or building he ran into.

Independence police said they called in the SWAT team and set up a perimeter near Sixth and Hocker in an effort to help locate the suspect. Police said they went door to door but never located the suspect.

Police said they are not going to release a description of the shooter but said they will leave a police presence in the area.

"School buses will run normally," spokesperson for the Independence Police department Tom Gentry said. "No one, no homes were evacuated so at this time we got a lot of work ahead of us while we track down the suspect."

Detectives said they do have leads they are going to follow.

Police have not commented on the relationship of the two individuals.

The woman has been transported to the hospital and is undergoing emergency surgery.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Tips Hotline at (816) 474-8477.


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