INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A calm and quiet neighborhood Sunday evening was at the center of a homicide scene Saturday night.
Independence Police said a 15-year-old boy was found shot inside a home. He died later at the hospital.
“We just heard lots and lots of sirens, and they just got closer and closer, and I realized that it was on the next block over,” resident James Hayes said.
Hayes said he was hanging out at home with his family when the deadly shooting took place.
“I jumped in my car to see what was going on because we have some friends that live over there, and I got over there, and there was probably ten cop cars, two fire trucks, a couple of ambulances,” Hayes said.
He soon learned a teenager was shot to death.
“As sad as it is, I mean, it’s really not as shocking anymore,” said Hayes. “Everybody has issues, but at least everybody can wake up and live to see another day.”
Police responded to a shooting call on the 600 block of North Westwood Drive around 7 p.m. Upon arrival, they found the teen suffering from gunshots wounds.
People in the neighborhood said even though they’re used to hearing sirens, it’ll never make the violence okay.
“I grew up in this house,” said Hayes. “I’ve lived here for 25 plus years, and there’s been more shootings and violence in the last year than the last 25.”
Police say they had a person in custody regarding the shooting, but they were released later, pending review from the prosecutor’s office, and the investigation is still ongoing.
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