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Raytown school is evacuated after fatal shooting in parking lot

Updated: 2014-02-20T23:38:59Z

By BRIAN BURNES

The Kansas City Star

One person was shot and killed Thursday morning outside a Raytown school district building.

No students were injured in the shooting, which occurred in the parking lot of the district’s Education and Conference Center.

The center at 10750 E. Missouri 350 houses the district’s Success Academy, an alternative educational program. District personnel evacuated about 175 students by school bus shortly after the shooting, said district spokeswoman Cathy Allie.

The students were taken across the highway to the nearby First Baptist Church of Raytown.

Police arrested one suspect. No charges were filed Thursday.

The name of the victim — an adult male — was not released Thursday. In a statement Thursday afternoon, Raytown police said the relationship between the victim and suspect was unknown.

The victim didn’t have any apparent connection to the school district.

“We have accounted for all of our students and staff,” Allie said.

Raytown officers responded to the shooting about 10:30 a.m. and arrested a suspect as they approached the area, according to a police statement. Authorities pronounced the victim, who was found behind the wheel of his car, dead at the scene.

The students were evacuated while the investigation continued.

“As soon as police were able to secure the site, we moved the students to an alternative location and then we contacted their parents,” Allie said.

District officials ordered an exterior lockdown of all school district buildings for about 30 minutes after the incident.

“That was just as a precaution,” Allie said.

District staff members followed a predetermined plan to evacuate the students, Superintendent Allan Markley said. The district sent parents a recorded message through a district telephone messaging system.

The church was declared on lockdown early Thursday afternoon, according to school district personnel stationed at the church’s north entrance.

The Education and Conference Center contains offices for district academic and technical personnel, and those employees also were evacuated.

Kansas City police crime scene investigators helped Raytown officers process the scene, according to a Twitter statement from Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté, who added that his wife is a school principal in the building.

To reach Brian Burnes, call 816-234-4120 or send email to bburnes@kcstar.com.

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