Wednesday 16 October 2019

Police search for two gunmen after four people killed in Kansas bar shooting

In this image from 41 KSHB Kansas City Action News police work the scene of a shooting outside a Kansas City, Kansas bar Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (41 KSHB Kansas City Action News via AP)
In this image from 41 KSHB Kansas City Action News police work the scene of a shooting outside a Kansas City, Kansas bar Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (41 KSHB Kansas City Action News via AP)

Heather Hollingsworth

Four people were killed and five others wounded when two men opened fire in a bar in Kansas, police in the US have said.

Authorities are searching for two gunmen following the shooting, which is believed to have stemmed from an earlier dispute.

Officer Thomas Tomasic, a police spokesman, said the two men had apparently got into some sort of disagreement with people inside the Tequila KC Bar, in Kansas City, left, and then returned with handguns.

Mr Tomasic said: "We think there was something that happened in the bar earlier probably.

"Unfortunately, they left and decided to take it to another level, came back and started shooting."

Around 40 people were inside the small bar when gunfire erupted at around 1.30am, Mr Tomasic said.

The gunfire sent people running for the exits, with the injured leaving trails of blood as they fled. One of the injured was trying to get a lift to the hospital when ambulances arrived.

"It's a pretty small bar, so if you have two guys come in and start shooting, people are just running, running anywhere they can," Mr Tomasic said.

All four men who were killed were Hispanic, but Mr Tomasic said the authorities did not believe the shooting was racially motivated.

The shooting happened in a neighbourhood with a large Hispanic population.

Mr Tomasic said that police were still investigating exactly what had happened.

He said they were reviewing surveillance video and interviewing witnesses while looking for the gunmen.

"Obviously being a bar at 1.30am, stories vary a lot," he said.

Among the dead was one man aged in his late fifties, another in his mid-thirties and two in their mid-twenties, police said.

The authorities did not immediately release their names.

But Juan Ramirez, of Kansas City, told The Kansas City Star newspaper that his 29-year-old nephew was among those killed.

He said his nephew left behind a six-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter.

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