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6 people shot near 18th & Highland Avenue in KCMO

Posted at 1:07 AM, Aug 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-06 08:37:03-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Six people were shot early Sunday morning near 18th Street and Highland Avenue.

According to the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department, the victims all were in serious condition.

Police were first alerted to the disturbance when off-duty officers working at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum's Hot Dog Festival nearby heard the incident, but the two events are not believed to be connected, according to KCPD.

Kansas City Councilman Quinton Lucas was attending the hot dog festival and lives nearby the shooting scene.

“Last night, I got here a little bit later to kind of see what was going on," Lucas said. "It was disappointing to see what had happened."

Lucas said gun violence is the city’s biggest problem right now and hopes people can learn to resolve problems without resulting to deadly weapons.

“I think what we saw last night was perhaps what we often see, which is the acts of a few, particularly when we are talking about what's happening around bars and liquor establishments," Lucas said. "I do think the events (the shooting and hot dog festival) were independent and I think it's just, unfortunately, the thing that you get sometimes.”

Two victims showed up at a local hospital with gunshot wounds. Four others remained at the scene of the shooting and were taken to a different trauma center for treatment.

There were three males and three females injured in the shooting, all ranging in age from the early 20s to the early 40s.