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Police identify suspect in Kansas City nightclub shooting that left one dead, 15 hurt | The Kansas City Star

By Luke Nozicka and Cortlynn Stark January 20, 2020 02:36 PM

What was an exciting night, a euphoric night for the people of Kansas City.Mayor Quinton Lucas speaks about 9ine Ultra Lounge shooting Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas spoke, along with police officials Monday, about a shooting that left one woman dead and 15 injured Sunday at the 9ine Ultra Lounge bar at 4802 Noland Road.

Kansas City police responded to a drive-by shooting outside a Kansas City nightclub just about a week before a gunman shot into a line of people there Sunday, killing a woman and wounding at least 15 others before he was slain.

During a news conference Monday, Police Chief Rick Smith said the nightclub was discussed at a police meeting last week because officers responded to 9ine Ultra Lounge’s parking lot for a recent shooting.

“We had just been there,” he said.

The victim and suspect were both from Kansas City, police said.

There was a disturbance inside the nightclub before the shooting, but a motive for the attack remained unclear, Smith said.

Hundreds of people were there as the gunfire erupted outside. Nearby officers responded quickly and found a chaotic and intense scene of people running away and fleeing in vehicles, according to police.

Kansas City police called in help from across the metro. Smith guessed about 50 officers responded. While detectives investigated, officers from other agencies helped field Kansas City police’s regular calls for service.

Police then began receiving reports of more and more victims arriving at area hospitals. It remained unclear Monday if the 15 people were all struck by gunfire. Three of the victims were critically injured. Duration 3:56KCPD Chief Rick Smith speaks at news conference about shooting Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith spoke at a news conference Monday about a shooting Sunday night that left one woman dead and about 15 people hurt. The news conference was held at police headquarters downtown.

The suspected shooter was killed by a security guard working on the property, said Capt. David Jackson, a Kansas City Police Department spokesman. The guard was not an off-duty officer, Smith said.

“It appears that he saved lives,” he said.

At the scene of the shooting, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said it was too soon for her to comment on what unfolded. She said she is grateful anytime someone steps up to help others, but that statistics show more guns do not make communities safer.

“Way too many people are armed,” she said.

Police recovered multiple guns at the scene, all of which were believed to be the suspect’s. Police think Swift and the guard were the only people to fire shots.

Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence said it received seven patients who were injured at the nightclub.

The hospital, located about six miles east of the shooting scene, said two people were treated and released while five remained hospitalized Monday afternoon. Of those, one was in critical condition, three were in serious condition, and one was in fair condition.

Detectives were still investigating. Police had not yet spoken with each victim Monday, Smith said.

‘A problem’

Mayor Quinton Lucas said city officials would soon review whether the nightclub could be considered a nuisance, which might lead to its license being temporarily revoked.

Lucas called the shooting disappointing. It came hours after the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans, earning them a spot at Super Bowl LIV. It was supposed to be a night of celebrating, Lucas said.

“We got a problem in Kansas City,” Lucas said. “We’re losing too many lives. We have too many people shot every year.”

The post on the club’s Facebook advertised Sunday night’s “Sold Out Sundays” event, which appeared to be a celebration of the Chiefs.

On Monday, the club posted a statement saying it was saddened by the “unsavory tragic act of one individual.”

It went on to say, “KC we believe we are much better than this circumstance and it is now time that we rise up as a city to do better for our community.”

The Kansas City region can’t get used to shootings that kill or wound multiple people, Lucas said. He mentioned the October shooting that left four people dead and five others wounded at the Tequila KC Bar in Kansas City, Kansas.

“There is too much of this in Kansas City,” he said.

Detectives asked anyone who was at the nightclub during the shooting to contact the homicide unit at 816-234-5043 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477. Police also asked to see any cell phone video taken at the time.
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