Police confirm minors involved in shots fired incident at Ward Parkway Center

Shots fired incident at Ward Parkway Center
Posted at 4:26 PM, Dec 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-21 18:59:06-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Missouri, police confirmed minors were involved in a shots fired incident Tuesday night at the Ward Parkway Center.

In a Wednesday afternoon update, Ofc. Donna Drake, a KCPD spokesperson, confirmed the case was being reviewed by a Juvenile Officer.

According to Drake, a Juvenile Officer is a part of the Juvenile Justice Center. However, the investigation is still being led by KCPD assault squad detectives.

No other updates were available in the incident, which prompted dozens of law enforcement to respond to the scene.

No one was injured in the incident, but more than one person of interest was taken into custody.

The mall was closed for the rest of the night on Tuesday due to the incident, but reopened Wednesday morning.

Malisa Marshall was inside Target when she heard the sound of squeaking tennis shoes. She looked throughout the store to find a mass of people running towards the exit doors.

“That keeps running through my mind," Marshall said. "The look on people’s faces and just kind of how I didn’t think I just started running.”

Marshall is a mother of two young twins who she frequently takes to the store with here. Tuesday night she was alone.

“I’m just so thankful I didn’t have my kids with me. That keeps running through my brain as a mom,” she said. “I was expecting a big crowd. I wasn’t expecting a shootout.”

Marshall said she likely won’t be back at the Ward Parkway mall anytime soon and will think twice before bringing her kids out on errands.

She wants other parents and shoppers to know the importance of being aware of your surroundings in any situation.

Marshall said she could have easily been distracted by her phone or listening to music while in the self-checkout line.