Crime

6 shootings in 24 hours left 2 dead, 5 injured in KC, Olathe, Lawrence. Most were teens

One teen was killed and four others injured — one critically — in shootings over a 24-hour period in Kansas City, Olathe and Lawrence this weekend.

The latest incident happened late Saturday afternoon after Kansas City police said a 14-year-old boy was shot in the arm in the 2100 block of East 81st Street. Officers responded to the scene shortly after 4 p.m. The teen was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening.

No suspect information was available.

The shooting Saturday followed five others that happened Friday around the region.

A 17-year-old who was found with a gunshot wound in Olathe died, and authorities are investigating his death as a homicide, police said in a news release.

It started as a report of a disturbance. Police were called to the 12300 block of South Mullen Court about 4:51 p.m. Friday to investigate.

At the scene, officers found an unresponsive teenager who had been shot. Police said officers immediately began performing CPR, but the teen died at the scene.

Olathe police on Saturday identified the victim as Rowan Padgett of Overland Park. A LinkedIn site under that name says he attended Olathe East High School.

A friend of Padgett’s on Saturday described him as “amazing and beyond creative.”

“He was one of my biggest supporters through a really bad time in my life,” she told The Star. She declined to give her name, as the shooter is still at large. “He always helped me whenever I needed someone. He put others first. It’s unfair. He didn’t deserve what happened.”

The death remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Olathe Police Department at 913-971-6950 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

In Lawrence, two teens were shot outside a recreation center Friday afternoon.

The shooting occurred just before 4 p.m. outside the Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St., police said in a statement.

A 16-year-old was found in serious condition, and an 18-year-old was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, police said. Both were taken to hospitals.

Witnesses at the scene gave police descriptions of a possible suspect vehicle involved in the shooting.

A vehicle matching the description was found shortly afterward, and police said two people in the vehicle were taken into custody. Police said Saturday that they arrested two 17-year-old males from Topeka in connection to the shooting. Both were booked into the Juvenile Detention Center on aggravated robbery charges, police said.

Both victims remained in the hospital late Saturday morning, police said. The 16-year-old was in stable condition, and the 18-year-old remained in critical but stable condition.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lawrence Police Department at 785-832-7509 or call CrimeStoppers of Lawrence and Douglas County anonymously at 785-843-8477.

In Kansas City, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg at a McDonald’s restaurant on Main Street about 8:20 p.m. Friday.

Police were called to the McDonald’s at 3255 Main St. to investigate a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they were told that a disturbance had broken out inside the restaurant among the victim, his mother and the suspect.

Police said the suspect chased the victim and his mother outside to the parking lot, then fired several shots. The teen was struck in the leg, and the mother’s vehicle also was hit.

Police found the victim near a Burger King at Main Street and East Armour Boulevard. He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Two other shootings in Kansas City on Friday left one person dead and another injured. Police have not yet provided the ages of those victims.

Police were sent to the 4300 block of Indiana Street at 11:30 p.m. on a report of a shooting and found one victim at the residence. The case is being investigated as a homicide.

Police said there is no suspect description in the case, and the motive is unknown.

And at 4:07 p.m. Friday, officers were sent to investigate a report of a shooting in the 1500 block of Chelsea Street.

Police said they found a victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. Witnesses told police that the victim and suspect had gotten into an argument and the suspect shot the victim, then fled.

The victim was taken to a hospital with an injury that was not considered to be life-threatening, police said.

No arrests have been announced in any of the Kansas City shootings.

Police ask anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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Judy L. Thomas joined The Star in 1995 and is a member of the investigative team, focusing on watchdog journalism. Over three decades, the Kansas native has covered domestic terrorism, extremist groups and clergy sex abuse. Her stories on Kansas secrecy and religion have been nationally recognized.
Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.
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