Four people were killed and five more were wounded following a shooting at the Tequila KC Bar in Kansas City, Kansas, early Sunday morning.
The shooting occurred after two gunmen entered the private bar near 10th Street and Central Avenue at around 1:30 a.m., reported The Kansas City Star.
According to CNN, the four men killed were all Hispanic males, ranging from mid-20s to late 50s. The five people injured were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment, said Kansas City, Kansas Police Officer Tom Tomasic. As of Sunday afternoon, police said two of those victims had been released, according to CNN. Tomasic reported to The Star that those who remained in the hospital are said to be in stable condition.
“I was visiting yesterday with a physician at KU Hospital about the trauma our metro ERs have seen of late and the toll it’s taking on all,” Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted. “Hate to see an incident like this last night (early a.m.). My heart goes out to all victims and all touched by last night’s shooting.”
Members of the UMKC community are shocked by the incident so close to home.
“This shooting has been picked up by national news outlets, and democratic presidential candidates are using it to further their calls for gun control,” said UMKC junior Kenley Thatcher.
“It’s scary to see my city in these articles all over Twitter and Facebook and news channels. And it’s even scarier to feel numb to it because it happens way too often.”
Tomasic said that investigators believe this isolated incident was not “racially motivated,” CNN reported.
“We don’t feel that these suspects are going to go out and do this again,” said Tomasic, mentioning how an earlier dispute at the bar enticed the shooting.
According to The Star, Toni Maciel, whose cousins were injured and whose friends were killed in the shooting, said the bar kicked out one of the suspects, who later returned with a second person, resulting in the violent confrontation.
Matt Flener, an investigative reporter for KMBC, reported on Twitter, “Witnesses in the bar tell KMBC they heard about a minute of shooting. People started running and hiding. They say a man who got kicked out of the bar, came back and shot people.”
Investigators are attempting to recover video surveillance from inside the bar, said CNN.
There will be a vigil held at 7 p.m. on Sunday to honor those whose lives were affected by the shooting.
Graduate student and former member of UMKC’s Latinx Student Union, Aly Hernandez, said, “Violence is purging through our communities on both sides of the state line. This is no longer a KCMO or KCK issue. This is a genuine, regional concern for public safety.”