Witness describes horror of seeing man gunned down in parking garage


A woman said a verbal disagreement with a man holding up traffic led to him being fatally shot in an underground parking garage at Kansas City's downtown entertainment district.

The woman remains shaken about seeing the gun pointed at Nicholas R. Preuitt's chest, and she hopes the cold-blooded killer is caught.

"It all happened so fast I couldn't really think about it," said the woman who asked KCTV5 to conceal her identity since the killer remains on the run.

The woman and her friends were leaving Kansas City Power and Light district's underground garage when she said Preuitt got out of his vehicle to talk to some girls in a car behind his. That led to half a dozen or so cars being delayed in leaving the garage, the woman said.

"I walked up to him and told him he needs to get back into his car and move because everybody was honking," she said. "That's when there was a bunch of arguing."

During the disagreement, Preuitt, 27, apparently accidentally hit one of the woman's friends. That's when an unknown man walked up to the group.

"I don't know if it was because he had seen that there was a girl being hit or if he was trying to get out," the woman recalled. "But he just walked up to him . . . . didn't hesitate at all. Just shot him straight in the chest, walked away with no regrets, no nothing, got back in his car and drove off."

She spent hours being interviewed by police and she hopes she provided enough information for them to release a composite sketch of the killer. Police are also reviewing surveillance video.

"Maybe guilt will come upon the person that did it and he will turn himself in," she said.

She said the killer was a black man with braids that stopped just above his shoulders. She said he had on a blue hoodie and left in a dark blue Jeep with several others inside it.

"This world is crazy. It really is. Situations that happen like the one I was in can be handled differently," the woman said. "You don't need to resort to violence to get your point across."

She said she spoke publicly because she hopes others with information will come forward and the killer can be caught.

If you have any information on Preuitt's death, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

KCTV5's Emily Rittman contributed to this report.

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