By Justin Schmidt, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A Hickman Mills school was on a precautionary lockdown late Tuesday morning as police searched for a possible burglary suspect who fired shots at their victim.
When the Kansas City man returned home to his apartment about 11:15 a.m. near 116th Street and Winchester Avenue, he saw something in this window and knew it just wasn't right.
"I saw the person put their hand up on the blinds and look out the window, and I thought, ‘Oh, there's someone in the apartment,'" said the victim.
The 26-year-old, who doesn't want to be identified, had never been in this situation before. He said instincts kicked in and he started chasing the man who'd broken into his home.
"Once I got around the apartment, they shot at me. I ducked and came back towards the house," he said.
The victim said the burglar fired two or three times, then ran into the woods behind the apartment. One of the rounds hit a building a few hundred feet away. While police searched for the suspect, officials with the Hickman Mills School District locked down Ingels Elementary School a few blocks away. The lockdown lasted about 15 minutes.
"It happened so quick, it was a frightening experience. I'm just glad I survived," the victim said.
The burglar busted in the front door and tried to steal a TV before being interrupted by the pair that live there.
"That's not a good feeling when you see someone in your property and touching your possessions, not a good feeling at all," the victim said.
Now he just hopes the police can figure out who broke in and tried to shoot him.
No injuries were reported.
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