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Gunman attacks and robs remodeler inside Kansas City home

Updated: 2014-02-28T01:28:37Z

A gunman attacked and robbed a Northland man remodeling a house on Kansas City’s East Side on Wednesday night.

The attack occurred about 11:50 p.m. in the 2000 block of Elmwood Avenue. The 33-year-old victim told police he was near his truck when he heard a stranger approach from behind. The victim ran inside and tried to close the front door. The stranger shoved his shoulder in the doorway and forced his way inside. He punched the remodeler in the face, knocking him to the floor.

The victim didn’t remember what happened next.

Another man inside the house heard the scuffle and saw the stranger on top of the remodeler, repeatedly punching him and demanding money. The victim appeared to be unconscious, the witness told police. The stranger pulled cash from the victim’s pocket and pointed a gun at the witness, who backed into the kitchen.

The gunman fired three rounds, then ran out of the house. Police later found three bullet holes inside the house, including one in a wall 2 feet from where the witness had been standing.

The victim suffered minor injuries to an eye but declined an ambulance ride to a hospital. He told police the gunman stole about $200 from him.

| Christine Vendel, cvendel@kcstar.com

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