Overland Park home targeted in drive-by shooting familiar to police

Posted at 5:55 PM, May 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 19:41:53-04

When a drive-by shooter unleashed the barrage of bullets at a home Thursday evening, the next-door neighbor was mowing his yard and children were out playing at a house across the street. 

“There was a lot of them ‘pow! pow! pow! pow! pow!’ A lot of them. I thought they were firecrackers,” said Irma Arthur, a neighbor.

Police said at least a dozen bullets pierced the house on the 9100 block of W. 87th Terrace just after 6 p.m.

Arthur also got a glimpse of the gunman’s car. 

“I heard the screech, it was flying, but I didn't know it was anything like that going on,” Arthur said.

Police said the 43-year-old homeowner wasn’t hit nor was anyone else. 

“He's freaked out. He was actually sound asleep when they started shooting his house,” Dennis Dingus, another neighbor, said.

On Friday crime tape lined the perimeter of the house as officers and detectives collected more evidence. 

41 Action News has learned that in last two years Overland Park police have been called out to the house six times.

Police believe this drive-by shooting was not a random act of violence.

“You know it's really a relief, a big relief for us, because everyone is worried now because that never has happened before,” Arthur said. 

Police are still looking for the gunman and the silver Chevrolet Malibu that sped away from the scene.