KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- Police searched for Hugo Villanueva-Morales just a few blocks from the bar where police say he opened fire and a vigil was held Monday night. It left many people in the community wondering if he watched them grieve. They want to know if he is still hiding in KCK.
When tactical teams arrive in any neighborhood in the metro, onlookers will watch, but Tuesday was different.
Large crowds rushed to 14th and Riverview Avenue hoping to see Villanueva-Morales in handcuffs. Police escorted several neighbors including Carolyn Beaton out of their homes as officers surrounded a home, they got information Villanueva-Morales could be inside.
“They had the shields up in case there was any gunfire or anything,” Beaton explained.
As officers with guns drawn, canines and robots moved in and one man with a bullet still lodged in his body wanted to witness the final free moments of one of the men who pulled the trigger. Micheal Barajas survived the shooting while four other men did not.
“Just to get the joy out of seeing him get taken in. Being apprehended,” Barajas said. “I think the police should bring him out in a body bag. I think that would be justice.”
Police eventually cleared the home with no arrest. Then officers surrounded another home less than a half mile away near North Valley Street and Central Avenue. There was no arrest there either.
“I wanted to see him caught. Justice for Alfredo and the rest of the families,” Becky Everett, who is a family friend of one of the victims, Alfredo Calderon, said. “It is not going to bring closure. There will never be closure. They will suffer for the rest of their life.”
Police are asking the community to remain vigilant and immediately call 911 if they spot Villanueva-Morales. They warn he should be considered armed and dangerous.
The other shooting suspect, Javier Alatorre, is in custody. Both men are charged with four counts of first-degree murder.