Man shot while waiting at bus stop near 13th and Central in KCK

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police say a man in his 70s was shot Tuesday as he waited at a bus stop. It happened near 13th Street and Central Avenue.

Police say they face additional challenges investigating violent crimes during the new era of social distancing.

Police say they received a 911 call just after 7:20 a.m.

Witnesses getting coffee at a take-out restaurant nearby reported the shooting.

Police say it appears that someone shot the man in his 70s, as he waited for a bus at the corner transit stop.

Officers shut down Central Avenue, which ordinarily would have a lot of traffic, but with the “stay-at-home” order in place, police say there are additional hurdles involved in investigating violent crimes.

“It sometimes can be a challenge at crime scenes because you’ve got issues of a sensitive nature,” said Nancy Chartrand of the KCK police department. “Obviously trying to keep that social distance, our officers are taking every precaution possible. In addition, as far as sanitizing their cars, having all the protective gear they need. A situation like this is outdoors and probably not putting them in too much harm’s way. But we still obviously are outside and try to follow those guidelines.”

The shooting victim was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

A couple of bus riders told FOX4 they concerned. They rely on public transit to get food from grocers on Central Avenue.

The Central Avenue bus may have more riders because fares have been eliminated during the coronavirus crisis.

Police want to reassure the community that they believe the shooting is an isolated incident.

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