A woman was critically injured in an apparent drive-by shooting Wednesday afternoon near 23rd and Denver streets, according to Kansas City police.
The victim, who has not been named by police, suffered multiple bullet wounds to her chest, according to a construction worker who witnessed the moments after the shooting.
"She was hurting bad. I mean she was hurting," said Louis, who declined to give his last name, citing fear of the shooter. He said he heard about eight gunshots.
Kansas City police responded to a house in the 2200 block of Denver Avenue and found the victim with an "apparent gunshot wound to the upper torso."
Police said the suspect is unknown.
Louis said the victim had been in the neighborhood throughout the day. Another woman drove through multiple times, "intimidating" the victim.
The two had fought about a year ago and were "beefing" Wednesday after the victim was seen in the neighborhood, Louis said.
Moments before the shooting, the woman drove through the neighborhood for about the fourth time. She was in a vehicle with another woman, Louis said.
"I'm praying to God (the victim) survives because it doesn't look good," Louis said.
A neighbor, Christina Ritterhoff, said at about 2:45 p.m. she heard "pop, pop, pop, pop."
She ushered her two teenage children inside.
Police arrived minutes later, and Ritterhoff said about two dozen people could be seen fleeing from the neighborhood.
Last month, there was a shooting in the same vicinity after two vehicles wrecked. Cornelius Copeland, 37, was killed, and a vehicle in the wreck caromed into a nearby home.
Ernest Bowman's niece lives at that home. The 8-year-old had to duck under crime scene tape to access it Wednesday after the shooting.
"I don't know if there's a curse on this corner," Bowman said, "but I'm afraid for my family."
His niece told him she was scared.
"I said, 'It's all right. It might happen again so be prepared but not afraid,' " Bowman said he told her. "I know there's evil out there but we're going to try to keep evil from our doorstep."
Anyone with information about Wednesday's shooting is urged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477