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Witness recalls Westport shooting

Deadly shooting in Westport
Posted at 2:42 PM, Mar 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-01 22:50:56-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mallory Kissinger was right in front of Jerusalem Cafe when the gunfire started Saturday morning in Westport.

It was her first time going to the bars in the area.

"All my friends, we were hanging out at Johnny Kaw's, having a good time," Kissinger said.

Around 1:30 a.m., she decided it was time to go home.

"So, I called an Uber and was walking around trying to look for my Uber and all the sudden, I heard gun fire," Kissinger said.

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That's when Kissinger said she feared for her life.

"I was like holy cow, I am in the middle of a gun fire right now," she said. "I don't know where it was coming from. So my first instinct and run and duck behind the nearest..anything."

The college student hid behind a food truck, for what felt like the longest 30 seconds of her life.

"All I saw was police officers yelling to get down, people running everywhere," Kissinger said. "It was a mess."

That shooting left one person dead and four others injured. A Kansas City, Kansas, man was charged Sunday in connection to the shooting.

Kissinger worked to get home, but two Uber drivers canceled. Finally, her friend's father picked them up.

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Kissinger said she still is in shock about what happened.

"I woke up the next morning just thankful I was alive," Kissinger said.

41 Action News asked her if she would return to the bars to Westport in the future.

"Not going to come to Westport for a while for sure," she said.