Police focus on gang violence after mass shooting in KCK

Posted at 7:16 PM, Feb 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-20 22:58:33-05

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police in Kansas City, Kansas, are still looking for whoever is responsible for a shooting that killed a man and wounded 10 others at a party near N. 17th and Minnesota Saturday night.

KCK Police Chief Terry Ziegler said they are looking at multiple suspects and that there were multiple shooters.

Ziegler said rival gangs started shootings at each other, with about 150 people in the room.

That's when Kevin Forman, 27, was shot and killed.

"If I could change anything I would give my life for my baby brother. I would give my life for him," said Joeseph Forman.

Forman said his brother got talked into rapping at the party for mostly teens at the last minute. He said he was an innocent bystander, in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Police said the Horseless Carriage, which serves as an event space, did not have a business license to hold gatherings or a liquor license to have alcohol.

Ordinances state for the size of the party, it should've had two security guards, but there were none. 

"Had they followed the licensing they would've had security. Would that have been able to prevent this? Who's to say?," said KCK Mayor David Alvey.

Rival gangs hit 10 people and killed Forman, who was caught in the crossfire. 

His brother describes Forman as a man proud to be a father, with a big heart. 

Investigator said gunshots started when Lyndale Robinson was performing.

"I know, it was told to us, the lyric he was rapping, it was not well received by one of the gangs that came through and started shooting," explained Ziegler.

Robinson posted about the incident on Facebook, saying he should not have come.

Now, KCK Police and the U.S. Marshall's Office are working to stop gang violence.

"First we are going to pick off everyone with warrants. That'll be the first sweep," said Ziegler.

Ziegler said next they will go after gang members involved with drugs.

He said the DAs office is also lending an ear when they can show suspects are affiliated with gangs, and willing to go for stricter prosecution.

That something Forman said is necessary.

"The world won't be better. America won't be better. Until this violence stops. We have to stop this senseless violence," said Forman.

There is a GoFundMe page set up to help with funeral costs.