Citizens react to Westport shooting: 'That's petrifying'
A woman was fighting for her life after being shot during a robbery early Thursday in Westport, police said.
Police received reports of the shooting about 2:10 a.m. near Westport Road and Broadway Boulevard.
Arriving officers spoke with the victim, who told them that she and her boyfriend were walking home from the area when they were approached by the robber.
The assailant took the victim’s phone and then shot her. The woman was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The area near the crime scene bristled with activity Thursday afternoon.
Corey McCormick, 26, works at Raising Cane’s on Mill Street and said he heard about the robbery Thursday morning. McCormick said he doesn’t feel unsafe in Westport, but residents in the area might.
McCormick said he regularly sees security canvassing the area.
“I work over there at Canes, and you have some people who come in on the crazy end, but other than that, I don’t think there is a bad problem with safety, because they have security around here a lot,” McCormick said. “It was just kind of crazy to hear that there was a shooting over here.”
Standing outside of HopCat at the corner of Broadway and Westport, Spencer Kaseff said the incident was a reminder to stay vigilant.
“Honestly, that’s the first thing that’s made me feel like I can’t walk around here at night,” Kaseff said. “I probably still will. But that’s something to think about. There’s a man or woman walking around with a gun who shot someone. Yeah, that’s petrifying.”
Mark Stevenson has lived in Westport for 25 years. Standing outside of nearby Broadway Cafe, Stevenson said he was “numb” to shootings in Westport.
“It is stuff that happens, but maybe I’m just numb to it,” he said. “But then at the same time, Westport is always going to be a shoot-em-up place.”
Bryil Rone stood outside the Jerusalem Cafe and contemplated the incident. He said he was not shocked it happened.
“I’m not 100 percent surprised that it happened,” Rone said. “And it’s sad and everything, but that’s been going on a lot lately around this area.”
Antonio Ramirez, a Westport resident, knew the woman who was shot. Ramirez said he was also previously robbed in Westport, which has made him more cautious.
“I’ve been more aware of what’s around me,” he said. “Now after what happened last night, I’m more concerned for the general public. In general it’s a bummer. Hopefully it doesn’t happen again, but I know it’s going to. I know there’s patrol cars that go along, but there are certain areas of the neighborhood that have more crime rates. There’s no fix for everything.”
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.
The Star’s Toriano Porter contributed to this report
Star interns Ellen Cagle and Lily Oppenheimer also contributed to this report