Business owners voice concerns about security in the Jazz District after recent outbreak of violence

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There are concerns about security in the 18th and Vine Jazz District after two groups of people started shooting at each other early Sunday morning, sending four to the hospital.

The latest violence happened just days after Major League Baseball and the city announced plans to invest millions of dollars in the area to create an urban youth academy.

Just before 3 a.m. Sunday, about a block away from the academy site, police say they found between 50 and 60 shell casings near the Juke House jazz club.

One person suffered serious wounds, three others shot are not in danger of losing their lives.

Business owners in the entertainment area says troublemakers show up in the Jazz District after bars and taverns in other parts of the city close.

"I think the club up there needs to get a different liquor license, maybe 1:30 a.m. because it's happening at 3 a.m. all this disturbance," said Danny Gosserand, owner of Danny's Big Easy in the Jazz District. "I don't think that's going to affect whatever they are doing at Parade Park, because that's going to be during the day and early in the evening.  But they need to do something about it."

Said Said was killed Saturday Sept. 5 as he was picking up fares as a taxi driver.

Said Said was killed Saturday Sept. 5 as he was picking up fares as a taxi driver.

City Councilman Jermaine Reed says he's heard concerns about late liquor licenses in the Jazz District. Change is something he's been discussing with stakeholders. Someone also shot a taxi driver in the entertainment district a couple of weeks ago.

Many see the urban youth academy as a positive development for the area, but say more security may be needed to make sure new visitors feel safe.

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