A 30-year-old man is dead and another person sustained critical injuries early Thursday in a shooting at a Midtown Kansas City restaurant.
Police were called to Chubby's restaurant, 3756 Broadway, just after 2:30 a.m.
Officers found the two victims outside the restaurant in the back parking lot. Anthony B. Hill of Kansas City, Missouri was pronounced dead at the scene.
The second victim, another man, was transported to an area hospital with critical injuries.
A witness says he saw some people inside a white Cadillac get out and meet up with another group outside the restaurant. An argument ensued, and the witness says he heard as many as nine gunshots.
At least a dozen people were inside the restaurant at the time of the shooting. They were all held and questioned as witnesses for several hours and finally released at about 6 a.m.
A man inside the restaurant when the shooting happened said everyone inside jumped behind the counter when they heard the gunshots and when one of the victims came inside for help, some inside were slow to offer assistance because they weren't sure if the shooter had left the area.
Chubby's is a family business that has been around for 20 years. After the original owner's two sons took over the midtown location, they decided to beef up security. They installed surveillance camera inside and outside, flood lights in the parking lots and hired security guards for the weekends.
But owner Vito LaBruzzo says sometimes no matter what you do, certain people cannot be stopped. He's concerned his business will take a temporary hit because of the crime.
"For something like this to happen we are def definitely going to take a step back initially but I think eventually time will pass and we can just weather the storm and let everyone know that we do our best to make sure this is a safe environment," he said.
Police did not immediately offer any suspect information. If you know anything about what happened, you are urged to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.