Shooting kills 1, injures 8 at after-hours club, gunman at large - KCTV5


Shooting kills 1, injures 8 at after-hours club, gunman at large

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It was a chaotic and frightening scene early Sunday morning at an after-hours club after someone opened fire killing one person and injuring eight others.

It all happened at 3:30 a.m. near East 19th Street and Prospect Avenue.

Police say an argument between two men turned deadly when one pulled out a gun and started firing.

An officer in the area actually heard the gunshots and raced to the scene to find more than 200 people fleeing for safety on foot and in cars.

That officer located five people wounded inside and outside of the building.  The other victims were taken by car to the hospital. 

Marlon Randolph, 23, of Kansas City, died in the shooting.  Another person is clinging to life.

"I've been tired of this for 28 years, but you have to remember in Kansas City, and I've said this over and over, the last 43 years there has only been nine years we have had under 100 homicides," police chief Darryl Forte said.

A taxicab driver who happened to be driving by said he was caught in the middle of the gun battle.

When it was over, he saw numerous shell casings up and down the sidewalk.

"There was a shooting behind me, so I drive up to 20th and Prospect to get away from it. Then there were shots in front and behind me. So I put it in park. I started to pray. At that point ... literally in the middle of a war zone," taxi cab driver John Maddux said.

The national president of the Redline Motorcycle Club said the club has branches in several states.

"It hurts to see somebody in this city pass away, but it hurts even worse when you are around when that accident happens.  So, it bothers me bad, even though I didn't know the person," "Mr. Swag" said.

He looked back on all of the club's community involvement, and their outreach efforts to make the city better.  He worries about the impact of the shooting on his organization...

"We have events here frequently, and we ain't never had any incidents, but all it takes is one time, and one bad apple, and that record and everything is tarnished," he said.

The man who runs the nonprofit organization goes by "Piper." He said it is called the Redline Motorcycle Club.  They were hosting a party for a local rapper when the attack happened.

"We promote nonviolence. We provide environment for people to come and not be a part of situations like this. This is traumatic," he said.

He said his 23-year-old nephew is one of the victims with critical injuries.

Police spent the day talking to a large number people who were at the party, hoping for information to help them identify who pulled the trigger.

Forte said people are coming forward with tips, but they don't have enough information yet to make an arrest. 

Anyone with information about the shootings is encouraged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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