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Westport business owners say gun violence becoming familiar

Posted at 9:50 PM, Feb 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-29 23:30:22-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One person is dead and four others are hurt after a shooting around 1:30 a.m. Saturday in Westport. And nearby business owners said they are tired of Westport being associated with this type of violence.

Jerusalem Cafe Manager Adam Alezzah said he understands why people feel on edge when going into Westport.

"Definitely used to this kind of situation, unfortunately, but hopefully it doesn't stay like this and something changes soon," Alezzah said.

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Quincy Crutchfield opened Sweet Combforts Restaurant up in Westport in January.

"We love it here, and we just want it to be as safe as it can be," Crutchfield said, "and I think steps are being taken for that to happen."

Westport added enhanced security in 2018 and as recently as January reported a decrease in criminal activity.

Crutchfield said the shooting can serve as a reminder to always be vigilant as violence can happen anywhere.

"Always be proactive, always be conscious, always be weary of what's going on in situations, but I mean some things it's just kind of out of your control," Crutchfield said.

One person was taken into custody in connection to the shooting, but police still are piecing together what happened.

Police re-opened Mill Street to traffic around 1 p.m. Saturday.

Investigators marked the area around Mill Street and Westport Road off to gather evidence.