17-year-old dead, 2 teens injured in Blue Springs triple shooting

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- A 17-year-old teen is dead and two other teens are in the hospital following a triple shooting Saturday afternoon.

Police responded to the area of Sunset & 14th in Blue Springs in response to shots fired just after 3:15 p.m.

Police spokesperson Sgt. Joe Fanara said officers found three people shot inside a duplex. One, a 17 year old, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others, a 14-year-old and a 19 year old, were taken to two hospitals. As of Saturday night, the 14 year old was in life-threatening condition; the 19 year old was being questioned by police in the hospital.

FOX4's Rebecca Gannon spoke with a 19 year old man and a 17 year old woman who said they lived inside the duplex, and said two of the victims were their brothers.

The family said several of them weren’t at the duplex at the time because they were celebrating the sister’s 17th birthday when the shooting happened.

Neighbors tell FOX4 they heard several teens and young people arguing several minutes before the officers arrived. Another neighbor said a shootout occurred in the duplex.

The investigation continued, but Sgt. Fanara said police believe there were two shooters: one being the deceased 17 year old, the other being the hospitalized 19-year-old. That 19-year-old is being questioned by police. The 14-year-old, as of Saturday night, is in life-threatening condition.

This is an active investigation.

This is now the third homicide for Blue Springs in 2018.

Anyone with information are asked to contact the Blue Springs Police Department dispatch center at (816-228-0151) or
the TIPs Hotline.