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Woman shot during robbery in Westport is recovering

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The woman was shot one time, at close range, and taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.  (KCTV5) The woman was shot one time, at close range, and taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. (KCTV5)

An early morning shooting in Westport left one woman fighting for her life. 

The couple was simply enjoying their night as normal before they were attacked. 

Just last month, Blake Lostal and his friend tried to help their neighbor who died trying to stop thieves from breaking into his Westport store. Fast forward a few weeks, violence strikes again. 

"Jim died, obviously, from the Clint's Comics, and now my friend's girlfriend got shot. It's just a very dangerous area to walk,” Lostal said.

That friend is the general manager at Lostal's bar, The Blind Tiger. 

He says the couple was walking from Johnny's Stage Coach headed back to their bar when three men tried to rob them before shooting the woman. 

"I went home with him, just a different direction,” Lostal said.

It all happened near the intersection of 40th Street and Westport Road.  

Lostal says the lack of security towards Main Street is to blame. 

"They put more money into Power & Light and Westport main strip then they do the outskirts of this Midtown area, which there is a lot of crime,” Lostal said. "There's so many muggings in things that happen in this area and it's not from the people that live in this area. They're coming over from different areas."

The man was not hurt but his girlfriend was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. She had surgery to repair an artery and is recovering. 

Police are still searching for the gunman. As of Friday, she was still weak while recovering from the surgery and was in the ICU.

"He's a very strong person and he really loves his girlfriend and she's going to be fine," Lostal said. "He just really cares about her."

Friends say the woman involved will be OK and have started a GoFundMe. Friend and family have been overwhelmed by the support the couple is receiving. 

“They’re really just close friends of ours," said friend Caitlin Berreca. "They’ve always been there for us like this for any small need and I think a ton of people feel that way and they’ve showed up for us and I think it’s just unsaid we need to show up for them.”

Lostal has taken his concerns to police and the city council. According to the chairman of the neighborhood association, more security is expected this fall. 

"It's sad to see that happen," said Tom Platt with the Westport Neighborhood Association. "Hopefully they'll still want to come back to Westport after this little incident."

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the TIPS Hotline (816) 474-TIPS.

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