KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Just after 2 p.m., officers were called to a shooting at Kessler Park on 2200 Cliff Drive.
Upon their arrival, the victim and three witnesses were playing in the Kansas City Flying Disc Challenge when the suspect approached and shot the victim.
The victim is a male. He was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.
The suspect was taken into custody.
”When I got here, there were eight to ten police cars, a ton of them,” challenge organizer Michael Krueger said Monday.
Krueger came to the park after hearing that one of the players in the tournament, Jake Riley from Oak Grove, had been shot.
“I’ve been out to this park several times by myself,” Krueger continued. “I’ve never felt afraid of being out here. It has a bad reputation. There’s a lot of dumping that goes on out here.”
Krueger says he stopped the round as soon as the shooting happened Saturday afternoon, and they got all the players off the course once it happened. They also canceled the events that were supposed to take place there Sunday. Now Krueger says nobody feels safe playing there.
“There were people who believed that this park was a little bit sketchy,” he said. “They were nervous about coming here, but they would for events because it’s like, ‘Oh I don’t want to go play here if I’m by myself, but if there’s one hundred people on the course, surely nothing’s going to happen,’ and then this happens.”
Osman Igal, a 21-year old male, was charged with first degree assault and armed criminal action. Krueger has not talked to Riley since the shooting.
”As far as I know, he was in surgery for the second time this morning, but I have not heard anything after that.”
There is a GoFundMe set up for Riley. If you’re interested in donating to it, click here.
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