Gunshots Near Elem. School Cause Fear in Neighbors, Parents

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Administrators at an elementary school didn't take any chances when they heard gunshots as kids were about to go home. They locked down Gladstone Elementary Wednesday afternoon. It lasted for about 20 mins., according to police, to make sure kids weren't in danger. It was enough to frighten parents and many of their kids.

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Lisa Skinner lives up the street from Gladstone Elementary, and when she heard the gunshots around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, her heart dropped.

"You heard all the kids screaming, running into the school..What got me the most was thinking about Sandy Hook," Skinner said.

The school went on lockdown until police concluded there was no threat to the school -- but the lockdown alert was enough to frighten a father of two Gladstone Elementary students, who drove straight to the school as soon as he heard.

"That was the first thing that went through my mind, that somebody went into  the school and a reenactment, that's what I was thinking," the father said.

As it turned out the shots weren't fired at the school, but toward this house, where 15 year-old Celeste Mendoza was cooking for her brothers.

"Next thing you know you hear bang bang bang!" Medoza said.

Mendoza said it was scary, but thankfully no one was hurt, this time.  Just three years ago, however, Mendoza was shot in a drive by.  She was just twelve years old.  She says it's made her numb to the violence she narrowly missed Wednesday.

"You grow up in Kansas City, you kind of get used to it," she said.

Now as the broken window in the front of her house is boarded up by friends and family, Mendoza says she thinks it's simply her brother's appearance that caused her family to be a target.

"Nowadays, gangsters as they call it, they don't care who you are, how you live, if you do gang bang or not.  If you look like it, they're going to shoot at you," she said.

Some neighbors say the house that was hit Wednesday seems to have a lot of activity.  Mendoza says it's because she has a big family.  Police are looking for a silver Cadillac with fancy hubcaps in connection to the incident.

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