GLADSTONE, Mo. — Two teens were shot early Thursday morning in Gladstone, Missouri, police say.
The Gladstone Police Department responded to the area of North Broadway and NW 68th Street after 4 a.m. and found two teenage boys with gunshot wounds.
“They were transported to Children’s Mercy, and as far as I know they’re still there,” Gladstone Police Capt. Karl Burris told FOX4 Thursday.
“I know there’s been a rash of shooting incidents in the Metro involving juveniles. I know Raytown had the double shooting here recently. I know Olathe’s had a couple of things. It’s just sad when anytime you have two people get shot or even one person get shot, but especially when they’re 15 and 16.”
Officials say the shooting happened in the parking lot of the Broadway Ridge apartments.
“It’s pathetic. It is. It’s really sad,” Broadway Ridge apartments resident Dave Stuckey said. “Fifteen- and 16- year-olds at that, too. It’s sad.”
Stuckey saw the ambulance in the apartment complex overnight but didn’t think anything of it.
“So I went back in my room, and like I said, I woke up this morning, and I got a text from a friend that ‘Hey I hear there’s a gunshot over at your apartment,’ and I go, ‘That’s crazy because I didn’t hear a damn thing.'”
Burris told FOX4 the two teens who were shot were not from that apartment complex or Gladstone at all. Stuckey was with his girlfriend Valarie Sweet when we caught up with him Thursday morning.
“I was telling her, ‘What are 15- and 16-year-olds doing out at 4 in the morning anyways?” Stuckey asked. “It’s kind of crazy you know.”
The teens, ages 15 and 16, are in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A suspect vehicle was found, but no suspect has been located or taken into custody. Burris said they do have a person they’d like to talk to, but they’re not releasing that person’s name. They also likely won’t release the victims’ names because they’re juveniles.
The incident continues to be investigated, and anyone with information is urged to call police.
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