Overland Park residents on high alert after two carjacking incidents, police still searching for suspect

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- People in one neighborhood here are on alert following two carjacking incidents Friday morning.

They both happened near 106th and Foster, where a man with a gun approached two different people and fired a shot, before stealing a car.

Police say just before 8 a.m., a man armed with a semi-automatic handgun approached a tenant at the Lodge of Overland Park apartments and demanded his car.

This first victim refused to hand over his keys and he's lucky he didn't get hurt.

Because after the gunman ran off, a landscape worker nearby talked to the victim, who described the harrowing confrontation.

"He came up to his car and tried to steal it at gunpoint," said Frank Bellisario, the lawn care worker. "He said he jumped over and the guy shot at the ground and he was just hiding behind his car."

About an hour later police believe the same gunman approached a second victim in the apartment area and stole their car at gunpoint. This time no shots were fired. But police are looking for that car, a white 2002 Toyota Corolla with Kansas license plate number 599 AOA.

Neighbors can't recall anything like this ever happening in the area.

"I’m not surprised, I’m shocked," said Michael O'shiver, a longtime homeowner. "But a New Yorker coming here and watching the sign of the times, nothing is shocking. Frightening, it is frightening."

The stolen car was last spotted eastbound on I-435 from Metcalf Avenue. The suspect was reported to be wearing a red shirt and khaki pants.

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