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Five injured in shooting at Jackson County nightclub early Sunday; 45 gunshots fired

A shooting injured five people at a nightclub early Sunday in Jackson County, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies were sent to a shooting call about 3:33 a.m. at the SPOTT Lifestyle and Swingers Club of Kansas City in the 2100 block of Television Place. The club is located in an unincorporated area between Kansas City and Independence.

Arriving deputies were told at least five gunshot victims were rushed to hospitals in private vehicles. All were expected to survive, according to Jackson County Sheriff Darryl Forté.

The shooting was likely prompted by a fight between several men in the parking lot outside the club, Forté said.

The crowd outside the club immediately scattered when the shooting started. Traffic congestion near the nightclub made it difficult for deputies to drive up to the crime scene.

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Five people were injured early Sunday in a shooting at the SPOTT Lifestyle and Swingers Club of Kansas City in the 2100 block of Television Place, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Jackson County Sheriff Darryl Forté

No suspect information was released. Crime scene investigators collected at least 45 shell casings.

In a tweet posted later Sunday morning, Forté said three of the five gunshot victims walked away from a hospital without giving statements to detectives.

The sheriff’s office continued to investigate the shooting.

A worker cleaning up at the club Sunday morning declined to comment on the shooting. The worker said the owner and management would not be available to comment.

Forté said deputies have responded to the club on previous occasions. Several months ago, a man suspected of assault rammed his vehicle into several police cars as he drove away from the nightclub.

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Glenn E. Rice covers crime, courts and breaking news for The Kansas City Star, where he’s worked since 1988. Rice is a Kansas City native and a graduate of the University of Central Missouri.
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