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Belton police respond to active-shooter report at warehouse

Police said no injuries reported
MSHP responds to Belton incident
Posted at 12:42 PM, Sep 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-27 18:23:07-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police in Belton responded Tuesday to reports of an active shooter outside the Saddle Creek Warehouse in the 6000 block of East 160th Street just east of Interstate 49.

Two buildings at the complex were evacuated and officers went through the warehouse facilities, but no victims, suspect or weapons were found, according to Belton Lt. Dan Davis.

The initial call came in around 10:50 a.m. after a Saddle Creek manager heard radio communications about an active-shooter event. The origin of the radio signal remains unknown.

Police arrived within two minutes of receiving the call and would be joined by deputies from the Cass County Sheriff's Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol along with first-responders from the Belton Fire Department/EMS.

"The responding officer(s) encountered some miscommunication on scene in addition to the activation of door alarm(s) and fire alarm at the Chewy Fulfillment Center located next door," according to information released Tuesday afternoon by Belton police.

The call came in during a shift change at the Chewy facility, which complicated matters, but there were no injuries reported.

There also is no indication it was a swatting incident.

Belton police cleared “every nook and cranny of these warehouses," according to Davis.

Davis said shortly before 1 p.m. that the main warehouse, which includes the Chewy facility, had been cleared and employees were being allowed to return inside.

Police said the second warehouse they were searching also was cleared a few minutes after 1 p.m.

Chewy and Saddle Creek Logistics are among the companies with facilities at the Southview Commerce Center, a sprawling Class A industrial park with more than 2 million square feet of retail space spread across four buildings.

There was no threat to the community, according to Belton police, who were wrapping up their involvement and releasing the scene shortly after clearing the second warehouse.

Belton police thanked management at Saddle Creek and Chewy for their assistance and responsive to arriving officers "necessary to conduct these large-scale and thorough searches."