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Leawood police now say two wounded in post-graduation shooting outside church

Leawood police investigate shooting at COR

Police investigate shooting after Center High graduation at Leawood's COR
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Police investigate shooting after Center High graduation at Leawood's COR

Two people wounded in a Thursday night shooting after a high school graduation in Leawood have been treated at hospitals and released.

Leawood police said Friday they are continuing to investigate the incident that occurred outside the Leawood United Methodist Church of the Resurrection at 137th Street and Briar Drive.

The church was hosting Kansas City's Center High School graduation when a fight broke out in the parking lot.

Off-duty officers were inside and went to deal with the fight, and as they were investigating that situation, shots rang out in another part of the parking lot, according to police.

Numerous vehicles were then seen fleeing the area.

One shooting victim, a Center student, was walking away from the ceremony when he was hit. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Police did not initially know about the second person, who was in a vehicle that left the area and was taken to a hospital.

That person was not a current Center student, school officials said.

Leawood police said Friday that no arrests have been made.

They are asking anyone who fled the area and has information to contact police at 913-663-9309 or to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

On Friday the Center School District released the following statement:

"The Center community is strong, full of good people who immensely care about kids and families. Our students are strong and resilient and they continue to amaze us with their sense of positivity and grace. We are relieved to report that the student who was shot last night is home and recovering with his family.

"As we still are working with police on the investigation, we will be meeting with students, families and staff to ensure they are taken care of and supported.

"To our students: we love you and know this is hard and we are so proud of you.

"To our parents and families: thank you for helping take care of our kids. We need you and have felt your immense support and partnership.

"To the Leawood police department and Church of the Resurrection in Leawood: thank you for your support and care and standing side-by-side with us.

"In difficult times, we go through this together and appreciate our community’s outpouring of care. This is also a time of joy for our graduates and they want to convey their gratitude and that they will be strong as we go through this together."

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