Police investigating a double shooting early Sunday found a man critically injured on the bar floor at Stanford’s Comedy Club in downtown Kansas City.
A second victim showed up at a hospital in a private car with serious injuries, police said.
Police initially responded about 6:20 a.m. on reports of a disturbance at the comedy club at 813 Walnut Street. It was unknown what led up to the shootings.
Craig Glazer, the club’s comedy promoter, said he didn’t know what happened.
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The club, which opened in mid-December, closed for the night at its normal time about 3 a.m. Sunday, Glazer said. A few hours later management received calls about the shooting. The details provided by police were sketchy, he said.
A cleaning crew was inside at the time and might have had a side door open, Glazer said.
It is thought that a person or persons came in through the side door. The shootings happened quickly, so it was not known if someone planned to rob the comedy club or had other intentions, he said.
The cleaning crew told police they didn’t see the shooting, but heard the shots. Officers were there almost immediately, Glazer said.
He was unsure if the shooting was inside or outside the club. He said it might have happened on the patio or even in the nearby parking garage.
Glazer said in the years they have been operating comedy clubs in the Kansas City area, they have never been involved in a shooting.
“We’re sorry it happened,” Glazer said.
No suspect information was released by police.
The incident was initially reported by police as a triple shooting after another gunshot victim showed up at a hospital with minor injuries.
That gunshot victim, however, told police he was shot a different location. Police do not believe that his injuries were related to the shooting on Walnut Street.