Last Edited: Sunday, 29 Apr 2007, 8:14 PM CDT
Created: Sunday, 29 Apr 2007, 3:43 PM CDT
Paramedics load a victim into an ambulance at Ward Parkway Mall in Kansas City, Mo. on Sunday, April 29, 2007. Police said a suspect opened fire in the mall and killed at least two citizens. Working 4 You
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KANSAS CITY, MO. -- At least three people are dead after a gunman fired shots at Ward Parkway Mall at 86th and Ward Parkway in Kansas City, Mo. around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Two citizens and the gunman are among the dead.
According to KCMO Police, the two dead citizens were shot in the parking lot of the mall, and the gunman died inside the mall.
There are other reports of two more wounded at the shopping center, and an officer who was shot at a gas station and another dead body on E 93rd Street in KCMO.
Sources report that the incident began when police were called to the 3700 block of E. 93rd Street to check on the welfare of an elderly woman. Officers found a dead woman inside the home, and released a description of the woman's car, which was missing from the scene.
A KCMO Police officer saw the car at a gas station at Bannister Road and Lydia. When the officer stopped the car, the driver shot the officer in the arm, and the officer shot back shattering the windows of the suspect's car.
Around 3:30, officers responded to a call of gunshots inside Ward Parkway Mall. KCMO Police Captain Rich Lockhart said officers confronted the gunman in a common area inside the mall. During the confrontation, officers shot the gunman to death, Lockhard said in a written statement.
Police believe the dead gunman is the same man who shot the officer on Bannister Road, as they found the same vehicle from the scene in the mall parking lot.
Emergency crews found the two other victims on each side of the vehicle that the suspect drove to the mall.
Witnesses reported a chaotic scene at the shopping center.
"The emergency crews have been rushing to the scene unlike anything I have seen before," Lisa Hoffman, witness at the scene, said. "Dozens of fire crews, EMTs, medics and ambulances rushing from every direction up and down Ward Parkway and State Line and 75th."
Hoffman said that officers had "troubled" looks on their faces as they scrambled to close off the entrances to the shopping center.
SKYFOX flew over the scene spotting buses parked to help those evacuated from the mall. While customers were ushered out, many employees remained inside on lockdown.
Bullets shattered the windows at Starbucks. Shots were also fired in the Target at the mall.
KCMO Police still have to determine if the first dead body found on E. 93rd Street is related to the shooting at the mall. If it is, that will bring the number of fatalities to four.