A decision to privatize the streets of Westport is supposed to make the area safer.
But, if security measures attached to the privatization aren’t installed, is the area any more secure?
This is the question being asked after two people were shot early Sunday morning when a gunman fired into a crowd of nearly 50 people.
The shooting happened about 2:45 a.m. near Westport Road and Pennsylvania Avenue.
City Council members voted in December voted to approve the privatization in December of 2017.
The new measures went into effect in April and include security checkpoints as people enter a two-block perimeter from Broadway to Mill Street and on Pennsylvania from 40th Street to Archibald on Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Security officers man the area with the goal of keeping people with guns and weapons from entering.
Metal detectors are also supposed to be part of the new checkpoints but have yet to be installed.
The group in charge of the devices, says they are still working to meet city requirements and need businesses in the area to sign off on them. They hope to have the devices installed before the end of summer 2018.
Kansas City police have two in custody in connection to the double-shooting.
Charges have been filed against Davontae McCutchen, 24, and Anthony Boykin, the Kansas City Police Department said in an update on Sunday.
McCutchen faces two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action and resisting arrest. Boykin is charged with being a felon in possession of a gun.
A Kansas City police officer pursued the suspect, who dropped the gun during the foot chase, records say.
A video of the incident also showed a man with a gun running from police.
Court records also state Boykin was standing near McCutchen during the shooting. Police say he dropped the gun during a foot chase.
A $100,000 bond has been requested for McCutchen, a $50,000 for Boykin.
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