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Police: Attempted copper theft to blame in double shooting

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For the second time in a month, a Kansas City business owner has shot and wounded people breaking into a warehouse he owns.

The latest incident occurred Sunday morning when the 74-year-old man responded to an alarm at the vacant warehouse. Police say the owner opened fire on two men who were inside, stealing copper.

The Jackson County Prosecutor's Office ordered the shooter released while the investigation continues.

Police said the two shooting victims were found about 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Baby Tenda Corp., a baby supply company in the 100 block of Belmont Boulevard. Authorities initially were called to the scene on a person impaled on a fence.

When officers arrived, they went to the rear of the business through a nearby parking lot and located one of the suspects, who told police that he had gotten cut going over the fence at the rear of the business.

The suspect sustained injury to his back and could not move his legs, police said.

Police found the other suspect, who was inside a business, suffering from an apparent gunshot wounds to his shoulder and arm.

The suspects were transported to an area hospital for treatment. Charges against the two men are expected to come soon.

Authorities say the warehouse owner also confronted two burglars on the morning of Sept. 25. He shot one suspect in the leg and a second suspect in the abdomen.

Prosecutors were sorting out possible charges Monday against the suspects in the latest case.

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