A dramatic scene unfolded in Kansas City, KS, Thursday after police said someone decided to fire a gun into the air.
It was a scary and chaotic situation starting about 12:25 p.m. in the area of 10th Street and Pacific Avenue.
Officers loaded a man into a squad car in handcuffs and pulled a shotgun from a vehicle that wrecked nearby.
Moments before the crash, investigators said three men, possibly teenagers, were driving in the vehicle, one of them firing the shotgun out the window, right in front of a police car.
"They observed that vehicle southbound on 10th Street firing a gun into the air. When the officers went after the vehicle, the vehicle sped up and eventually crashed here into the pole," said Officer Tom Tomasic.
"I saw this car hit over here on the side of our lot and I saw two men get out and just run," said Myesha Roby, a witness.
Police said one man stayed by the vehicle and officers arrested him there. They caught the second one running toward the J&B Mini Market and the third actually made it inside.
The convenience store's surveillance video shows the man inside, trying to act natural. The store owner said he was asking about beer prices and trying to buy time.
"But he can't because the police was waiting for him outside," said store owner Jagdeish Mehmowalia.
"Officers went to the door, started giving commands and he eventually just turned himself in, walked out the front door," Tomasic said.
All three men are now in custody with minor injuries from the crash. Police said no one was shot and it doesn't appear the men were aiming the shotgun at anyone or anything.
"It wasn't like there was a car in front of them they were shooting at, or a car behind them, anything like that," Tomasic said.
Still, it was a dangerous stunt that threw the neighborhood into chaos, made it difficult to work nearby and could have ended much worse.
"It's scary a little, it really is because we're just regular people. We walk to this convenience store all the time and we could have been walking down the street while this car crashed and that would have been another situation," Roby said.
Kansas City Board of Public Utilities had to replace the pole that the suspects ran into.
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Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:14:19 GMT
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