Two shot after altercation at large party in Independence

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Crime tape still blocked off a portion of Highridge Drive around 10 a.m. Sunday morning.

Just before 1 a.m. Independence Police were called to the 11300 block of Highridge Drive, on reports that two people had been shot.

Mark Swope was asleep when he heard those shots.

"This is not characteristic of this neighborhood at all," said Swope who lives a few doors down from where the shooting happened.

Swope grew up on this street, most of his family still lives here too.

"I’ve lived here every part of my life," said Swope.

His dad and his brother live a few doors down from him. They all agree that this shooting is a first for their quiet, family-oriented neighborhood.

“I was awakened about 12:30 or 1:00 in the morning by what I believed to be gun shots,” said Swope.

When he looked outside, he noticed some commotion in the street, near where his father’s house is.

"Walked down there with some of the other neighbors and discovered someone had been shot," said Swope. "Looked like a pretty serious injury."

According to police, two people had been shot. One suffering serious injuries.

As neighbors spoke to police, Swope checked on his dad.

"Discovered that two bullets had struck his house, stray bullets," said Swope.

Those bullets hit the siding just as his father was looking out the window.

On Sunday, Swope and his brother stopped by their father’s house again to see the damage in the daylight.

"It’s still a nice neighborhood, but it is definitely going through changes," said Swope.

Changes like more rental properties, like the one the shooting happened in front of.

"They just moved in about a month ago. I don’t know if this was a house warming party or what," said Swope.

Police say one of the people shot has been released from the hospital.

The shooting is under investigation.

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