An attempted armed robbery at an Independence smoke shop left one victim wounded in the leg and the other beaten with the handgun at about 6:15 p.m. Saturday.
Independence police are investigating the incident that occurred at a discount smoke shop at the 200 block of north Missouri 291. The two victims were leaving the smoke shop when they were approached by a man armed with a handgun. The suspect struck one victim with the handgun before shooting the second victim in the right calf. Both victims sustained non-life threatening injures and were treated at local hospitals.
Police described the suspect as black with a short “Afro” style haircut with curls. He fled the scene in what is believed to be 90’s model, maroon Ford Taurus. No loss was reported by either victim. Anyone with information regarding this attempted armed robbery are asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477, or the Independence Police Department at 816-325-7852 or the Investigations Unit at 816-325-7330.