Most victims of club shooting were innocent bystanders, KC police say

Most of the nine victims of a shooting at a Kansas City motorcycle club early Sunday were innocent bystanders, Kansas City police said Monday.

Marlon E. Randolph, 23, died and a woman in her late teens remained on a ventilator after she was shot in the head in the 3:30 a.m. violence in the 1900 block of Prospect Avenue. Seven other victims suffered less serious injuries.

The disturbance erupted inside the club, police said. The gunman then began firing, despite the crowd and cramped quarters, sending partygoers fleeing outside. The gunfire continued outside, where police estimated the crowd at 250 to 300.

Police say it’s likely more than one gunman fired during the melee, but they don’t know if they were shooting at each other or whether multiple gunmen from one side were firing at rivals.

The private club was hosting a party that night to celebrate a rap artist’s recent release, but the artist was not present at the club, said Sgt. Joe Mabin. Many party guests told police they were unaware of the rap connection. They said they paid a cover charge and went to the club to hang out.

Police interviewed multiple witnesses, many of whom saw just a fraction of the mayhem. Police want to interview anyone at the club who has not yet been interviewed, said homicide Capt. Jeff Emery. Police did not release any motive or suspect information.

Anyone with information should call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS or the homicide unit at 816-234-5043.