KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three people were injured in a shooting in the area of World Market and Johnny Kaws Yard Bar early Friday morning.

Police were called to the area of Westport Road and Mill Street just after midnight on reports of a shooting taking place in front of Johnny Kaws Yard Bar.

Two men standing outside the bar and a woman inside the bar were found on the scene with gunshot injuries.

Both men were taken to the hospital, one with critical injuries and the other with serious injuries. The woman was treated for a graze and released from the scene.

Witnesses told police that someone fired from the parking lot of the World Market toward Johnny Kaws and hit the victims. No suspect information is available at this time.

Eighteen-year-old Wayne Thornburg, a Westport resident, heard the gunshots.

“I was playing Call of Duty actually, and I heard some gunshots that sounded a little bit more realistic than the game,” he said Friday.

Thornburg just finished high school and moved to Kansas City from Oklahoma earlier this year.

“I didn’t hear any yelling or anything. Just kind of like a distant ‘pop pop,’ and I didn’t think much of it, just because it kind of happens a lot down here,” he said. 

The incident though was worse than Thornburg originally thought. 

“It’s sad that this is the kind of thing that we’re supporting around here,” he said. “From what I’ve seen of Kansas City so far, it’s an amazing city, and it’s full of nice lovely people. It’s terrible that stuff like this still happens even in such a kind city.” 

The trend of violence continues though. There have been more than 50 homicides in the city this year, which is right around the same number of homicides there were last year at this time and in 2020. That was the deadliest year on record in the city, when it comes to homicides. 

Thornburg said he’ll see officers patrolling Westport streets sometimes. Overall, he said the area’s safe, and he’s never had any issues.

“That being said, hearing the gunshots and like hearing everything happen is terrifying.”

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