A longtime midtown and Westport developer is accused of firing an assault rifle several times — including once at a passing pickup truck — Monday near 39th and Main streets, allegedly hoping to get police to respond because he claimed his parents had been kidnapped.
Brent A. Lambi, 57, of Kansas City, was charged Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court with unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action in connection to the incident that unfolded just after 9 a.m.
Court records say that officers were called to the area in response to shots fired and found an “SKS”-style assault rifle. The weapon had a live round in the chamber and three additional live rounds in the attached magazine. Four spent shell casings were found nearby.
Lambi approached police and reportedly said his parents had been kidnapped and he had shot the rifle to get police to respond.
A motorist told police he was driving south on Walnut Street between 39th and 40th streets and noticed his landlord holding an assault rifle in front of a building at 39th and Main streets.
Court records say Lambi yelled at the motorist and a passenger to pull over and get out of his pickup truck. Lambi then raised the rifle at them and allegedly fired a shot. Neither victim nor the vehicle was struck.
Another alleged victim said a bullet flattened his front passenger tire.
A witness reportedly told police he heard about at least six gunshots and looked outside and saw Lambi shooting the rifle. He said Lambi set the weapon down and walked south on Walnut Street, where police arrested him.
Lambi later allegedly acknowledged to investigators firing shots from the balcony apartment at a brick wall. Lambi also reportedly said he fired a shot at a victim “to get him away.” He dropped the rifle, found officers and told them he had fired the shots.
Lambi had previously been charged with unlawful use of a weapon and was given a suspended sentence after completing probation, according to court records.
Lambi has owned and developed several midtown and Westport properties over the past decade, including Westport Square — 36,000 square feet of commercial property along Westport Road between Broadway and Pennsylvania Avenue. He purchased the property in 2007 and agreed to sell it in 2015. The new owners have since added such tenants as HopCat, TikiCat and Snow & Co.
Lambi also has been involved in numerous lawsuits, many involving his commercial and residential tenants, over the last few years.