KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Police are investigating the shooting death of a 39-year-old man early Monday morning. Neighbors near 18th and Oakland frantically tried to save the victim's life. Witnesses say they heard several gunshots just after 1:30 a.m.
Shanda Boose looked out her window to see a car speeding up Oakland, and then turn on 18th street and come to a stop. At first she worried this might be the shooter's car, but she approached and saw there was a man hurt inside. Boose called 911 while another neighbor helped get the man out of the car.
The neighbors took turns giving the man CPR while dispatchers instructed them over the phone.
"He just stopped," Boose said. "Eventually the guy that was over there said, 'He’s not breathing anymore.' We see him take his last breath, and stop. But still the lady told us to still continue until the EMT got there. When they got there, they switched off with us."
Rescue workers continued the resuscitation efforts. But later detectives returned to tell Boose the man had died. She calls that a moment she'll never forget.
Boose says many people choose not to get involved when they hear gunshots, but she says she couldn't stand by and watch a man die when there was a chance he could live.
Police are investigating the shooting. If you have any information, you can give it anonymously at the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
"In this particular case, we know that there are individuals that heard some things, seen some things, that we're still trying to make contact with to find out the whole facts of the situation," said Officer Cameron Morgan, KCK Police.