KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three adults and one child are dead following at least five shootings across the metro to mark one violent Labor Day weekend.
“I’m almost speechless in terms of the levels of violence, and it angers me,” said Damon Daniel, executive director of AdHoc Group Against Crime.
It all began early Saturday morning when police say a cab driver was shot and killed at 18th and Highland near the Mutual Musicians Foundation in Kansas City, Mo.
Two hours later, prosecutors said a young mother accidentally shot and killed her 5-year-old son during a drunken argument with her boyfriend in their home on North Elmwood Avenue in KCMO. Lisa Marie Hall, 23, is now charged with unlawful use of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.
Other weekend crimes include: a man hurt and another man shot to death in downtown; a woman killed and a man wounded during a shooting outside The Point, a Kansas City bar; and a father and his child shot while riding with their family along I-49 south of Belton.
“I’m hoping that folks find another way to deal with conflicts, rather than resolving them with a gun,” Daniel said. “It’s not normal to wake up the next morning and see yellow tape around your neighbor`s house or blocking off the street. These are not normal images that our children should be having to see.”
Daniel believes the crimes are a symptom of much larger problems deeply embedded in our communities, and he said there needs to be drastic improvements in education, healthcare and the economy before the violence will end.
“We have to be the change that we’re seeking,” he said. “And that means it`s about bringing not just change for right now in this present moment, but change for those who are coming behind us.”
Daniel said there’s also a need for greater gun control and teaching young people conflict resolution without the option to pull a trigger.