Man killed, 6-year-old girl injured in Overland Park shooting

Posted at 11:31 AM, Apr 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-11 18:14:28-04

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Police are investigating why a man shot his young daughter and his girlfriend’s father Tuesday inside a duplex nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac.

Overland Park Police responded to the shooting near 83rd and Switzer Road at 10:20 a.m.

“There’s a female screaming and not answering the call taker’s questions. She said someone was shot and she’s hysterical,” a dispatcher said. 

Cecilia Wamburu watched the incident unfold from across the street.

“We were having breakfast, me and my baby, and I heard the police cars coming,” Wamburu said.

Police told 41 Action News it started with a man and his daughter paying a visit to his girlfriend.

The man, who police say was armed, started arguing with the girlfriend’s father.

A fight broke out inside the duplex and shots were fired. 

The bullets took the dad’s life and pierced the suspect’s 6-year-old daughter’s leg. 

“I saw the baby being taken out, that kind of broke my heart when I saw the baby, and all I could think of is the baby. Then I saw one of the ladies — I asked her, ‘Is everything OK?' And she told me no,” Wamburu said.

The little girl who was shot in the leg is expected to survive. 

Police said the other shooting victim is David Slater, 52, who neighbors describe as a pleasant man.

“He was a very nice guy. I know he was always working in the garage and he had a little dog that would be out with him and very friendly,” Katherine Dodson, a neighbor, said.

The Price Chopper Family sent 41 Action News the following statement regarding Slater: 

"David was a valued member of our team. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."

As police piece together their case against the suspected gunman, the deadly shooting has rattled many nerves. 

“It breaks my heart because I have two children of my own. They go out and play in the backyard and it just happened right there. It’s pretty scary,” Shiva Marsh, who lives in the area, said. 

The suspect, who police arrested at the scene, is cooperating with detectives.

“I just can’t believe that this is happening in my neighborhood; it’s so painful to watch," Wamburu said.

If you have any information you're asked to call the Overland Park Police Department at 913-344-8728 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.