Kansas City Cops Respond to Shooting at Local Zoo: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Kansas City Zoo Shooting

The scene outside the zoo at around 4:48 p.m. local time. (KMBC)

Cops in Kansas City responded to reports of a shooting in the city’s Zoo at around 4 p.m. local time, reports KMBC.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Witnesses Saw a Gunman in the Parking Lot

The shots were fired in the zoo’s parking lot. KCTV reports that witnesses told police they saw a man with a gun in his waist band. Fox Kansas City says that up to four shots were fired in the incident.

2. Fights Were Also Reported at the Park

There are no reports of any injuries. In addition to the shooting, there were reports of multiple fights breaking out at the park. The fights broke out between what Fox Kansas City called “very young groups of kids.”

3. The Zoo Was Closed When the Shooting Happened

The zoo closed for the day at 4 p.m. Responding officers requested backup upon arriving at the scene. Cops were forced to use mace on the unruly crowds, Fox Kansas City reports that due to wind, mace got in the eyes and mouths of innocent people as well.

4. It Was a Entry Day to the Zoo

Today was a free entry day at Kansas City Zoo. According to the zoo’s website:

We are showing our appreciation for Clay and Jackson County residents with a complimentary day at the Zoo on Tuesday, March 18. We will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come out to the Zoo and see what’s new! Clay and Jackson County residents, just show your ID or utility bill to receive your complimentary admission.

Thank you for all you do for the Zoo!

5. This is the Second Violent Incident at the Zoo in the Last 12 Months

In April 2013, the zoo was closed early after a large scale brawl broke out. Three people were arrested during that incident.

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