Bar witnesses second shooting death in 18 months

For the second time in less than 18 months, a bar in Kansas City’s Crossroads District became the scene of a fatal shooting last weekend.

Balanca’s at 1809 Grand Blvd. had its liquor license suspended for 45 days after a homicide that occurred in October 2010.

An official with the city’s Regulated Industries Division said Monday that it was investigating last weekend’s incident.

The bar was closed Monday afternoon, and its phone wasn’t answered.

Kansas City police were called to Balanca’s about 2:45 a.m. Saturday on a reported shooting.

As officers arrived, they reported that about 200 people were “fleeing” the scene. Inside the bar they found a man who had a gunshot wound in his left armpit. The man, identified as 31-year-old Wayne Steward, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Two other people soon arrived at hospitals in private vehicles. They reported being shot at the same time. Both suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives are continuing to investigate.

The 2010 killing occurred when a fight broke out inside the business and spilled out into the street, where an underage patron was fatally shot, police said at the time.

Jeremy Mott, 20, of Kansas City, was found shot to death in a car. His killing is still listed as unsolved on the Kansas City police homicide unit’s website.

City officials cited several ordinance violations that led to the 2010 license suspension, including allowing minors inside the business and not maintaining an orderly place of business.

Gary Majors, manager of regulated industries for the city, said Monday that his office was awaiting additional information, including police reports.

Police ask anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.