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7 shot in street-racing incidents in Kansas City, Missouri

Crowds of more than 1,000 at 1 illegal gathering
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Posted at 6:32 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 09:20:42-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Seven people were shot Saturday and Sunday as violence broke out at illegal street racing gatherings in Kansas City, Missouri.

Police found more than 1,000 people and hundreds of cars involved in illegal street racing about 9 p.m. Saturday in the 7100 block of Eastwood Trafficway.

Officers broke up the large crowd, but violence followed at new locations.

Early Sunday, officers were sent to shootings at 3801 Blue Parkway and Coal Mine Road and Manchester Trafficway, police said.

Other officers went to a hospital where several people showed up with gunshot wounds.

At least seven people were wounded in the gunfire, including one with life-threatening injuries, police said.

Once again, hundreds of racers and spectators gathered to watch illegal street racing on Coal Mine Road.

About an hour later, street racers arrived at a third location, a convenience store in the 6500 block of Front Street

Police officers working off-duty at the store asked for more officers to clear the area of the cars, police said.

One person in a car fired off several gunshots, but did not hit anyone.

The driver sped onto Interstate 435 and led police on a chase in which speeds topped 100 miles per hour, police said.

The chase ended when the driver ran over stop spikes and two tires were flattened.

The 20-year-old driver and two teens were arrested.

Police found a gun in the car, but are not sure which person fired the gunshots.