OPPD: Suspect remains at large in Oak Park Mall shooting

Posted at 8:32 PM, Oct 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-29 16:30:49-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE 9:15 PM 10/26/2018: Overland Park police are investigating shots fired at Oak Park Mall Friday evening. 

Police said one person was possibly hurt in the shooting. An OPPD spokesperson said the shots were fired outside the mall near the food court entrance shortly after 8 p.m. Blood was found inside the mall but they have yet to find a victim. 

Police believe an altercation led to the shooting. Two individuals were trying to get back inside the mall when shots were fired from another person. Police say all the people involved in the altercation knew each other. 

Former 41 Action News employee John Tygart said his son and grandson were shopping for a Halloween costume at the time of the shooting. The pair came out of the mall and were next to a man when he pulled out a gun and started firing. Tygart's son threw his son underneath a truck and dove on top of him to protect him. They were not injured. 

A 13-year-old girl, who was in the Forever 21 store inside the mall, said she heard three to four shots before fleeing the store from a rear exit. 

A witness told 41 Action News he was shopping when he heard screams and employees telling people to head to the back of the store. He said it was chaos for several minutes with people running and dropping their belongings. 

Police say the suspect is still at large.