Four people are in custody after a brazen shooting against an ice cream truck man in Blue Springs.
Authorities said two adults and two teens are being questioned by detectives after the Tuesday's shooting. Patrick G. Schramke, 47, of Independence, is now home and recovering.
The popular ice cream man was working his route about 4:15 p.m. when a group accosted him at 29th and Jackson streets.
Police initially said Schramke repeatedly was shot at point-blank range by a small-caliber weapon. He was shot in the face and chest. In the hours after the shooting, officers described Schramke as in extremely critical condition.
However, officers later determined that the man was shot by a BB or pellet gun. Schramke was treated and released from an area hospital Tuesday night.
Whether an actual gun or a BB gun, anyone charged with the shooting will face the same penalty.
"It's a fine line between shooting someone with a toy gun or a pistol in the face," Blue Springs detective Jeremy Dickstein said. "Your intention is still the same, the crime is still the same. Robbery is still a robbery if done with a toy pistol or a real pistol."
Investigators said two men walked up to the ice cream truck to rob the man inside and opened fire. Police said Schramke drove north on 29th Street into the cul-de-sac and called 911 for help.
Bystanders also rushed to assist the injured man, who is an employee for the Kansas City Ice Cream Company.
The shooting jolted the quiet neighborhood.
"Our kids play out here and it is just crazy. It is a quiet neighborhood in Blue Springs. It is just sad," neighbor Shea Reid said.
Children just home from school in the afternoon would flock to Schramke and his musical truck. Jamy Foss' twins bought ice cream from him just a day before the shooting.
"It could have been in my driveway. It could have been in front of my house. It is horrible," Foss said.
Many neighbors on the block shielded their children from the active crime scene a few feet from their lawns. Many of them still are in disbelief that a shooting happened so close to home.
"I moved to Blue Springs so my kids could be in a safer neighborhood and now, I have to rethink that," neighbor Michael Burton said.
Because of concerned residents and Schramke's assistance, police were able to quickly pursue the suspects who had fled on foot and by car. Three of the men were found and questioned a short time later near 37th and Jackson streets. Those three were arrested and taken to police headquarters.
Authorities said another suspect arrived at police headquarters about 6 p.m. Tuesday, and told officers that he wanted to turn himself in. According to police, that suspect arrived at police headquarters in the maroon four-door vehicle with a bungee cord that witnesses had described seeing leave the scene. The vehicle was seized and processed.
Once detectives are done with their questioning, the case will be forwarded to the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office for charges. Police are not seeking any additional suspects.
Schramke reportedly told a witness that he had just $15 on him when he was shot.
Police said the victim is lucky he did not lose an eye.
If you have any information, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
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