Double-shooting witness questions police response

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A woman who witnessed the aftermath of a double shooting that injured two teenagers wants to know why the Kansas City Police Department never contacted her to follow up.

The neighbor asked not to be identified because police believe the shooting may be gang-related. She said she has more information she wants to share that she thinks could help the investigation, but no one ever called her.

"I gave my name. I gave my phone number. I gave my address, and I even went down and talked to one of (the officers)," she said. "He asked where I lived, I told him, and nobody every once came and knocked on my door."

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KCPD spokesman Darin Snapp declined to do an on-camera interview about the witness' complaint, but he sent an email addressing it.

Snapp explained two people called police to report Tuesday's double shooting.

"...both gave detailed information. If detectives need to speak with them further we have their names and phone numbers," he wrote.

But the witness told 41 Action News she had much more detailed information that she wasn't able to share during her conversation with dispatchers and officers. She said police didn't even start looking in the direction she told 911 dispatchers she saw the possible suspects running until almost 90 minutes after they arrived.

According to police, the 911 operator determines where to send officers when they first get to a scene.

"The 911 operator asks the who, what, when and where questions, and depending on the callers' answers is the deciding factor," Snapp wrote.

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