Someone with a BB gun took some potshots and wounded people at three gas stations Saturday night, Kansas City police said Monday.
BBs struck a 17-year-old boy in the abdomen, a 57-year-old woman in the arm and a 20-year-old man in the ear. The adult victims required medical help to remove BBs embedded in their skin, police said.
Police think the shootings are connected. They don’t have a suspect or vehicle description. They think the shooter was traveling in a vehicle because the gas stations were located across a wide area of the city, all near Bruce Watkins Drive.
The first incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. near the BP gas station at Truman Road and the Paseo. A teenager told police he was walking to the station when he felt pain to his abdomen and saw a vehicle traveling south on the Paseo. After the victim returned home, his mother called police, who noted a break in the victim’s skin and a welt on his abdomen.
Just before 7:30 p.m., a woman parked outside the Top Shop at 2640 Brooklyn Ave. and was preparing to get out of her vehicle when she heard a pop, she later told police. Her right arm began to sting, and she noticed it was bleeding.
About 80 minutes later, a man had just walked out of the Xpress Mart at 7033 Prospect Ave. when he felt something hit his ear. He got into his girlfriend’s car, and she inspected the wound. She told police she realized the wound was “deep” and drove him to a hospital.
Police are trying to collect surveillance videos from the crime scenes and to gain suspect information. They also are reviewing reports of BB gun shootings from previous weeks.
Investigators think other people may have been shot at but didn’t report the incidents. Police would like to talk to them. Anyone with information should call the assault squad at 816-234-5227 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (474-8477).