Suspect shot during West Bottoms robbery attempt

Posted at 5:28 AM, Jun 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 18:27:21-04

Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery at Restaurant Depot in the West Bottoms. 

Officers were called to the scene shortly before 4:30 a.m. Monday. According to officials, an overnight security officer shot one suspect who was trying to rob the restaurant at gunpoint while the accomplice waited in the getaway vehicle. 

Once shots were fired, the driver of a dark blue GMC Envoy drove off and headed east on 12th Street. 

Police then found the suspect with gunshot wounds lying on the 12th Street Bridge in life-threatening condition. Officers believe he walked to the bridge before collapsing due to his injuries. 

Restaurant Depot was robbed back in January, which is why it has overnight security. During that incident, two men pistol-whipped an employee before robbing the store. And in April 2015, two men shot a delivery driver inside the store.

Kari Thompson with the Kansas City Police Department said police are speaking to the owner of the business to determine why it's being targeted. They will also interview the suspect who's in custody.
"The suspect is presently in the hospital in stable condition. The second suspect is still at large," said Thompson.
Ian Davis owns Blip Coffee Roasters in the West Bottoms. He says crime has decreased in area since the nearby Kansas City Community Release Center changed to a minimum security prison back in September of 2015.
"For a long time it was a release center and there was a lot of issues with how that was organized and where people were hanging out and stuff like that.  And since it's now a minimum security prison, a lot of those issues have been resolved," said Davis.
Kansas City police are still looking for the second suspect.  Anyone with information is asked to contact police.


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