Sunday, June 23, 2013
It was a chaotic and frightening scene early Sunday morning at an after-hours club in Kansas City, Mo., after someone opened fire killing one person and injuring eight others.
It all happened at 3:30 a.m. near East 19th Street and Prospect Avenue.
KCTV reports an officer in the area actually heard the gunshots and raced to the scene to find more than 200 people fleeing for safety on foot and in cars.
That officer located five people wounded inside and outside of the building. The other victims were taken by car to the hospital.
A taxicab driver who happened to be driving by said he was caught in the middle of the gun battle.
When it was over, he saw numerous shell casings up and down the sidewalk.
"There was a shooting behind me, so I drive up to 20th and Prospect to get away from it. Then there were shots in front and behind me. So I put it in park. I started to pray. At that point ... literally in the middle of a war zone," taxi cab driver John Maddux said.
The man who runs the club said it is a nonprofit bikers club that was hosting a launch party for a local rapper.
He said they promote non-violence as a club and that nothing like this has ever happened there.
He said his 23-year-old nephew is one of the victims with critical injuries.
No arrests have been made.