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Police: 2 in custody after man was shot while warming up his car

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Authorities are investigating after officers say someone broke into a KCK home and exchanged gunfire with the homeowner. Authorities are investigating after officers say someone broke into a KCK home and exchanged gunfire with the homeowner.
The suspect were found at Legend Oaks Apartments, only blocks from where the shooting took place. (Bill Lindsay/KCTV) The suspect were found at Legend Oaks Apartments, only blocks from where the shooting took place. (Bill Lindsay/KCTV)
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Police said two men are in custody after a homeowner was shot twice, trying to stop crooks from stealing his car that was warming up in the driveway Thursday morning.

The men were found at Legend Oaks Apartments, only blocks from where the shooting took place.

It happened about 7:30 a.m. near 74th Terrace and Oakland Avenue, which is in a neighborhood just a few blocks north of State Avenue and west of Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Police say the homeowner had just started warming up his car. He was inside his home trying to stay warm himself, when he noticed two men inside his car.

The homeowner went back outside because he thought the men were trying to steal his car.

"I heard a boom and some popping noises, my little one got up and went to the window. Her daddy said get out of the window because we didn't know what was going on," said Eumeka Pledger, who lives across the street.

Words were exchanged between the men, and then gunfire erupted with the homeowner exchanging gunshots with the men.

The homeowner was struck twice in the leg.

Police say they are not sure if either of the two men were struck. They ran from the scene.

Pledger told her little ones to get down and away from the window.

"It didn't hit me until I seen them putting points back here, and I was like, ‘wow that was close to my house and could've hit one of my kids,'" she said.

A police dog was brought out to try to track down the men, but in the cold temperatures and with the snow police say it is difficult for police dogs to pick up a scent.

But it was the snow that led officers to an apartment building only blocks away. Police went to the location where the dog stopped and lost the scent of the suspects.

"They just followed his footsteps right to the apartment door for the most part, pretty interesting," said Patrick Oaks, the apartment manager.

Officers then started knocking on doors, asking questions, and looking for the men with the description they were given by the homeowner.

"They took him out of the closet actually, so they got rid of them," Oaks said.

The homeowner went to an area hospital with no life-threatening wounds.

Police say it's another example of why they don't want people to leave their car running unattended.

"At the very least you're going to get your car stolen or this, you may get injured," said Officer Thomas Thomasic.

Thomasic said it's illegal to leave your car running unattended, but it is allowed to use a remote start, as long as the vehicle is locked and the keys aren't inside.

The men taken into custody are being called persons of interest in the case.

The Kansas City, KS, Police Department's Major Case Unit is encouraging anyone with information regarding the incident to please call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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