Heated exchange leads to men dodging bullets at Longview Lake

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two men just trying to load their boat onto a trailer at a metro lake ended up dodging bullets instead. It happened Sunday night at Longview Lake Marina in Kansas City, Mo.

The two victims talked exclusively with FOX 4, explaining they had spent the day on the lake wakeboarding and fishing; but their fun times came to an end once they reached the boat ramp.

It was there that a group of strangers had parked four cars, partially blocking a pathway for their boat trailer. The two men asked the group to move their cars, but they refused.

“I was being assertive and just told them to keep their vehicles off the boat ramp so people can load in and out and that's where it all began,” recalled Gary, one of the victims.

Gary said heated words were exchanged among both parties, and when the men finally loaded their boat onto the trailer and started to drive off, shots rang out.

“I feel like they were trying to murder us,” Gary said. “They had no intentions of just scaring us. They were trying to kill, shoot, whoever was in that vehicle.”

Gary said it was surprising the argument escalated so quickly, because the group knew he and his friend were unarmed.

“That’s the craziest part,” Gary said, “I mean, we never showed any aggression or any weapons or anything, because we didn't have any.”

They called 911 and looped back around with the intent to keep an eye on the gunman until officers arrived, but instead, got shot at again. This time, bullets flew into their truck and boat, and barely missed their heads, he said.

“It was very surreal,” Gary said, “because you just don't even believe this is happening as it's happening. I've never been shot at before and to have them that close, wiz through your vehicle and you can't do anything about it, it was pretty scary.”

Thankfully, Gary wasn’t hurt and his friend’s arm was only grazed by a bullet. Both of them said they’re lucky to be alive, and hopeful police are able to catch those responsible.

He described the suspects as a large group of 5-6 men and 3-4 women, traveling in a white 1999 Ford Explorer; a silver Buick Sedan 4-door car; a green 2005 Ford Explorer; and a white GMC pick-up truck.

If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.

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