LEE'S SUMMIT, MO. (KCTV) --- A 14-year-old boy was shot in the leg late Friday night in Lee's Summit.
Police said the shooting happened outside of the Landmark Skate Center, located at 701 SE Oldham Ct.
When officers arrived on the scene around 10:15 p.m. Friday, they found the victim of the shooting.
Following an investigation, it was determined a fight broke out in the parking lot prior to the shooting. Police are talking to witnesses.
The victim is expected to survive.
The police have not said whether they have made any arrests in the case.
It was a busy Saturday night at the skate center, which will be open until 11 p.m. as they normally are, and KCTV5 talked to Charlie Johnson, the owner of Landmark Skate Center.
“I’m still trying to wrestle with how you get a gun in the hands of a 14-year-old. That blows me away,” Johnson said.
He said about 145 people were there when it happened, most of them kids.
“A lot of times on a Friday night we’ll have parents drop off their kids, come back and pick them up at quitting time knowing that they’re all safe and sound,” Johnson said.
Employees moved children to the back of the business when the shots rang out just after 10 p.m.
12-year-old Aireana Woods was there with friend and a chaperone.
“Eliza’s parent and one other parent were the only ones there,” Woods said.
She called her mom and stayed on the phone with her while the chaotic scene unfolded. She said teens started arguing and went outside to fight then people ran back inside saying one of the kids had a gun.
“I was just crying because I was scared. I didn’t know what was going to happen or if he was going to come inside,” Woods said.
Her mom on the phone could even hear what was going on.
“And I could hear a bunch of kids screaming and I heard like four fire cracker pop noises,” Jessica Woods, Aireana’s mother said.
The shooting has shaken up the entire town, not just those who were there.
“You don’t think about 14-year-old’s running around with handguns, it’s not a thought that crosses your mind until something like this happens,” Jessica said.
Jessica will think twice now about letting her 14-year-old hang out with friends without parents to supervise.
Johnson hopes other parents do the same.
“We need to get back to parents being parents and having a stake in their kids’ lives, not just hope and pray that they deliver their kid to a place and hope they’re safe,” Johnson said.
Also on Saturday, the business posted about the incident on Facebook: