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Teen shooting victim found lying on sidewalk near former Kansas City school

Teen found lying on KC sidewalk with gunshot wound

Officers responding to a shooting call Tuesday night found a teen lying on the sidewalk near the former Ladd Elementary School with an apparent gunshot wound, Kansas City police said.
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Officers responding to a shooting call Tuesday night found a teen lying on the sidewalk near the former Ladd Elementary School with an apparent gunshot wound, Kansas City police said.

Police responding to a shooting call Tuesday night found a teen lying on the sidewalk near the former Ladd Elementary School with an apparent gunshot wound, Kansas City police said.

Officers responded to the shooting about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday near 37th Street and Benton Boulevard.

The teen was rushed to a hospital with critical injuries. His condition was later updated to serious, but stable, police said.

A neighbor on Wednesday morning said he heard a single gunshot and then police arriving shortly thereafter.

While police investigated the shooting, they had the intersection of 37th and Benton blocked off as well as part of the 3700 block of Benton.

Neighbors said the immediate area is usually low key, made up of families who have lived in the same houses for generations. They said it was a relative oasis from the gun violence that happens a block or two away.

“I’m sick and tired of it. It’s ridiculous,” one resident in the area said of the gunfire. He is not being named because the shooter has not been caught.

Another neighbor, who has lived there for about 10 years, said the gun violence in the area has just gotten worse over the years.

He said more needs to be done to curb the violence, including more patrolling of the streets by police.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.
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