By Stephen Mayer, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A Kansas City Royals parking lot employee is battling for her life after she was shot Friday afternoon.
Police are investigating the shooting that took place in the parking lot of the Truman Sports Complex at 3:23 p.m. The incident happened on the road that runs between Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums. A golf cart the employee was sitting in when she got shot was part of the crime scene.
A source on the scene said a man drove up in a silver Cadillac to the female parking lot attendant in Lot A and shot her in the abdomen before turning the gun on himself. The man was later identified as Marcus L. Collins of Raytown, MO.
The two people, both in their 40s, had gotten into an argument. Another woman who said she was a co-worker of the victim told police the man was the victim's ex-boyfriend.
The woman, later identified as 41-year-old Renee Bruce of Kansas City, MO, is in critical condition but stable condition in an area hospital. She was talking when she was rushed by ambulance from the scene.
Bruce's co-worker said she always worked in Lot A on game days, was friendly and always had the biggest smile on her face.
The Royals were scheduled to play the Los Angeles Angels on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium. The game was still on and officials reassured fans that they shouldn't be worried about safety when coming to the game.
"We don't feel like anybody is in danger at this time. They may divert you through a different area in the stadium, but the game is going to continue," Sgt. Stacey Graves with the Kansas City, MO, Police Department said.
Royals fans streamed into Kauffman Stadium on Friday night apparently undeterred by the news.
Fans KCTV5 spoke with said the news is saddening, but it wasn't going to stop them from enjoying a night at the park.
"It's scary but, at the same time, it wasn't going to stop us from coming. It sounded like it was a personal situation and not something that we were ever going to be in danger from," Royals fan Sydney Wilson said.
This man and his family learned about the shooting just before the game, but said they're confident in the amount of security at The K.
"I do. I feel like we are watched over well and I don't feel unsafe here," Michael Ames said.
The Royals released the following statement about the incident:
"The Kansas City Royals' organization is deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred in the parking lot outside of Kauffman Stadium earlier today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those impacted by this incident and with respect for those families, we will have no further comment on the matter."
Police have not identified the victim or man who shot her.
KCTV5's DeAnn Smith contributed to this report.
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