KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A neighborhood shooting hospitalized two people and was a harrowing close-call for a teen girl. A 14-year-old girl was caught in the middle of a cross fire between people in two cars.
A bullet grazed the side of Teah Duley’s head. She said two cars were chasing each other down Jackson Avenue toward 70th Street. Duley is still in a daze about what happened in the last 24-hours. Sunday night, she was hanging out with five friends waiting for pizza to arrive. But what happened next left her with a bullet wound just above her right ear.
“It was a long gash and it was open and it was just bleeding so much,” Duley said.
She noticed two cars chasing each other down Jackson when she said one opened fire and the other returned. That’s when Duley said everyone took cover, but she wasn’t fast enough.
“It sounded like firecrackers, it was just so fast. Sounded like, ‘dun, dun, dun.’ It was just so quick,” she said.
Gunfire was heard by some nearby neighbors. Eric Brown, who lives down the street from Duley, said he’s not surprised something like this happened.
“This is the hood. I mean, there’s constant gunfire going around,” Brown said.
During the shootout, Duley didn’t immediately realize what happened, but when she felt blood, she called her parents and was taken to the hospital.
“When I think about the picture and I think about what happened, it could’ve been a totally different day for me today,” she said
Two others were also shot. A bullet hit one person in the foot and another in the abdomen. Duley said she recognized the two injured boys who were in one of the cars involved in the shootout. Duley said it’s still hard for her to believe what happened.
“It’s just shocking. Nothing ever happens to me like that,” she said.
When asked if she will ever go back to that neighborhood, she was quick to respond that she would not. Police say they have no information on the suspects. If anyone has information, contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.