“Two men opened fire inside a bar in Kansas City, Kansas, early on October 6, killing four people and wounding five others in a shooting believed to have stemmed from an earlier dispute”, police said.
“Authorities were searching on October 6 for the two gunmen”, said Officer Thomas Tomasic, a police spokesman. He said “the two men had apparently gotten into some sort of disagreement with people inside Tequila KC Bar, left, then returned with handguns”.
“We think there was something that happened in the bar earlier probably,” Mr. Tomasic said. “Unfortunately, they left and decided to take it to another level, came back and started shooting.”
“Around 40 people were inside the small bar when gunfire erupted around 1.30 a.m”, Mr. Tomasic said. The gunfire sent out people running for the doors, leaving blood trails as the victims fled. As ambulances arrived, one of the wounded attempted to get a ride to the hospital.
“It’s a pretty small bar, so if you have two guys come in and start shooting, people are just running, running anywhere they can,” Mr. Tomasic said.
All four men killed were Hispanic, but the authorities said Mr. Tomasic did not believe the shooting was motivated by race. The shooting took place with a significant Hispanic population in a neighborhood.
Mr. Tomasic warned that the police are still investigating on precisely what happened. He said “they were reviewing surveillance video and interviewing witnesses while looking for the gunmen. Obviously being a bar at 1.30 (a.m.), stories vary a lot.”
“Among the dead was one man in his late 50s, another in his mid-30s and two in their mid-20s”, police said. Officials did not release their namesimmediately.
Juan Ramirez, of Kansas City, Kansas, told The Kansas City Star that his 29-year-old nephew was one of those who got killed. He said his nephew left behind a 6-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter. “I don’t wish this upon anybody,” Mr. Ramirez said.