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Former KCMO city councilman believes he was targeted in drive-by shooting

Posted: 9:41 PM, Sep 02, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-02 23:27:31-04

Police are investigating an early Thursday morning drive-by shooting that happened at the home of former City Councilman John Sharp.

Police said at least half a dozen shots were fired from a car around 1 a.m. on Thursday on East 103rd Terrace.

Outside of the home on Friday, a shattered rear-windshield could be seen on a car in Sharp's driveway, as well as a bullet hole in the garage door.

Sharp said he was awake at the time of the shooting but didn't know shots had hit his home.

"I was still up on the computer and I heard multiple gunshots," he explained. "I thought they were right outside my window." 

Sharp said he saw the damage from the shots after he called police.

One of the shots went through a garage door and hit a wall Sharp was standing near only minutes earlier.

"Somebody could have been killed easily," he said. "I was down in my garage just a few minutes before they shot at the garage."

The shooting occurred along a street home to many families, in a quiet neighborhood where children are often seen playing.

After serving the community for over 20 years and recently helping in a campaign, the time and location of the shooting has led Sharp to believe he was targeted.

"I don't think it was to kill me, but to intimidate me," explained Sharp, who served two nonconsecutive terms on City Council from 1983 to 1991 and 2007 to 2015. 

Sharp's home was not the only house hit by gunfire early Thursday morning. 

Tamica Lige said her family was thrown into panic overnight after a bullet went through the wall of her 15-year-old son's room as he slept.

"It's terrifying," she explained. "I'm still trying to wrap my head around how I could have lost my son that night."

On Friday, Lige showed the quarter-sized bullet hole in her son's room.

A small part of the boy's blanket that was hanging over a window was seen on the floor, which Lige believes was grazed by the bullet.

"Your home is your safe place. You should always feel comfortable there. We're not comfortable in our home right now," said Lige, who moved with her family to the home in March. "The sense of peace, comfort, and security has just been ripped from us."

Lige said as a result of the drive-by shooting, she may move away from the neighborhood.

Police are continuing to search for whoever is responsible.

Moving forward, Sharp said the drive-by shooting will have him taking extra safety precautions.

"I'm sure going to be more careful from now on," he explained. "I think I have to at this point."

Investigators have not released an official description of whoever is responsible, but a neighbor described the drive-by car as a "dark burgundy sedan.”

If you have any information that may be helpful to the investigation, you are asked to call 816-474-TIPS.

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Tom Dempsey can be reached at  Tom.Dempsey@KSHB.com.

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