7 hurt, 1 dead in mass shooting at KCK party

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — One man died and another seven were injured in what police believe was a gang-related shooting at a KCK party late Saturday night.

The shooting started before midnight at a packed venue for a local musician, $5 cover at a rented space just east of N. 17th Street on Minnesota Avenue. Witnesses estimated around 200 people were at the show when at least two people started shooting out behind the building.

Partygoers said there were no security screenings to get into the event.

"I left the party initially... Then I heard gunshots and more gunshots," said Ky Sharp, whose shoulder was grazed by a bullet. "I'm truly blessed, truly lucky to have made it. My family was really worried about me."

When the gunfire went off, the crowd inside rushed toward an exit that was blocked by a table. Most were able to get out, but some people panicked and hid under tables.

Sharp said one woman who took cover under a table was shot five times.

A witness said several people tried to give a man who'd been shot CPR. He later died at the hospital.

"People did get shot. We want to pray for them as well," said Sharp.

Police have not released an official suspect description or the names of any victims. As of the latest update Sunday night, there have been no arrests in the case. 

"Especially living in Wyandotte, you know the risks," said Sharp. "Tomorrow isn't promised here. Everyone be careful."

If you have any information on the incident, call Crime Stoppers at 816-474-8477.

This shooting marks the 45th mass shooting in the U.S. since the start of 2018, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker, a crowd-sourced database of gun violence information. 

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Editor's note: The Mass Shooting Tracker, as featured in the New York Times, The Economist and more, defines a mass shooting as a shooting with four or more victims, potentially including the shooter. A mass shooting is defined by the Gun Violence Archive as a shooting with at least four victims, not including the shooter.

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