An uninvited group opened fire at a Halloween house party after being asked to leave Monday night in Kansas City, Kansas, killing a 17-year-old boy and wounding six other teenagers, police said.
One person is in custody, although police are not calling that person a suspect, and police have recovered a vehicle that investigators believe was driven by the suspects, the department said Tuesday.
About 70 to 100 teenagers were at a costume party when uninvited people arrived and were asked to leave, Kansas City Police Chief Karl Oakman said Tuesday. As the people left, more than one of them — maybe four to six — “shot up the building,” Oakman said.
The shooters, wearing clothing and masks, are believed to have left in a black SUV, according to Oakman.
The shooting was yet another example of how gun violence often disrupts American life in places people consider safe, from schools, stores, hospitals and even funerals. Also Monday night, at least 14 people were shot in a shooting in Chicago at a busy intersection where people had gathered to socialize, police said.
In Kansas City, the police chief expressed his dismay at the violence, saying the shooting was disturbing and unacceptable.
“These things in this area have to stop. There are too many guns out here. This was a party for high school kids,” Oakman said at the first press conference Monday night. “Everybody has a gun now. We have to be smarter than this. ”
The shooting was reported after 9 p.m. Someone noticed that an uninvited group had arrived and was “much bigger than the other kids at the party,” Oakman said Tuesday.
The group got out, but “as soon as they got outside … they shot up the building,” Oakman said. The shooters appeared to be firing randomly, he said.
The names of the victims have not been released. An 18-year-old boy was in stable condition at the hospital, and five others – ages 15-16 – suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Oakman said Tuesday.
Some of the people who were shot were inside, and some were outside, the chief said.
Information about the party was posted on social media, and it was “by invitation only,” Oakman said. A woman was home at the time, he said.
Apparently “someone knew (the assailants) and told them about the party,” the chief said on Tuesday. “So, we need these people to call us and tell us more.”
More than 500 mass shootings have occurred in the United States so far this year, according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive. The number was at 574 as of Tuesday, an average of more than 1.8 shootings per day, said the group, which like CNN defines a mass shooting as one in which at least four people are shot, excluding the shooter.