BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Three teenagers were shot, including one fatally, during an exchange of gunfire around 3:15 p.m. on Saturday in the 1200 block of Southwest Sunset St. in Blue Springs.
Sgt. Joe Fanara with the Blue Springs Police Department’s Investigations Unit said one person suffered fatal injuries in the incident, which also sent two people — one adult and one juvenile — to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police later said an unidentified 17-year-old who did not live at the home had been killed.
Two other teens, who both lived at the residence where the triple shooting occurred, were transported to a local hospital with gunshot wounds.
An unidentified 15-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries, while an unidentified 19-year-old, who is a person of interest in the 17-year-old's death, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
BSPD does not believe there was any forced entry and is not currently looking for any suspects.
Police responded to the residence after receiving a call from someone who said he’d been shot.
“There were two shooters — of course, the deceased party and one of the other injured parties,” Fanara said. He continued, “… We did have one of the actual victims say they did fire the gun, shooting the person who basically was (fatally) hurt in the incident.”
Fanara said it was unusual, though not unheard of, for Blue Springs to have a fatal shooting.
“We have been down in this area in reference to disturbances and such,” Fanara said. “It’s a pretty quiet neighborhood. Unfortunately, things like this do happen. Here in Blue Springs, this is actually the third homicide this year.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the BSPD dispatch center at 816-228-0151 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
Editor's note: An earlier version of the story reflected that police said Saturday the injured juvenile was 14 years old, but that information was updated Sunday afternoon.