Police investigating several reports of shots fired at funeral of Mizzou player's cousin
12:35 PM, Dec 14, 2010
10:52 PM, Dec 14, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Police are investigating several reports of shots fired early
Tuesday afternoon during a funeral for the cousin of a Mizzou
basketball player who was caught in the middle of a rolling
It happened at about 12:20 p.m. outside Macedonia Baptist
Church, 2455 Benton Boulevard. According to reports, more that 400
mourners were attending the service.
Police say there were reports of several shots fired, but they
had not located a victim. One bystander reported an injury while
running from the scene.
Benton Boulevard was closed at 25th Street while police were
there investigating. Police don't know the total number of
shooters, but did spot one running from the scene with a
Wheatley Elementary School at 2415 Agnes, approximately a block
and a half from the shooting, was locked down, but was given an
"All Clear" around 2:00 p.m.
According the Dave Reiter with the University of Missouri,
Marcus Denmon was at the funeral, but was not injured during the
incident and is on his way back to Columbia as of 1:45 p.m.
Macedonia Baptist Church released the following statement
regarding the shots fired after the funeral service:
"Our hearts are heavy both from the senseless loss of yet
another life in our community as well as the egregious outburst of
violence after the funeral service today. We are grateful to God
that by His grace no one was injured. Never before has anything of
this nature occurred at Macedonia and our resolve to stay in and
serve this community is unwavering. It is our hope that those
responsible will realize the gravity of their actions and turn
their lives around. Our community is crying out for a cease-fire
and an end to the suffocation of its potential. Macedonia remains
steadfast and immovable in its commitment to spread the gospel of
Jesus Christ and to reach out to those who are hurting, hopeless,
and lost. Please join us as we continue praying for and working in
the vineyard of our great City." --- Yours in Christ, Pastor John
L. Brooks, M. Div.