Three people shot in parking lot of Lawrence sports bar; police catch suspect

A shooting in the parking lot of Playerz Sports Bar in Lawrence left three people, including a suspect, injured early Sunday.

After receiving multiple 911 calls reporting a shooting just after 2 a.m., police rushed to the bar located in a shopping center in the 1900 block of Haskell Avenue.

Arriving officers found two gunshot victims, a male and a female, who had serious injuries, police said. The victims had been shot in the parking lot outside the bar.

Shortly after police arrived at the bar, officers located a suspect vehicle and attempted to stop it. The driver, however, tried to flee from police and led them on a chase that ended near 23rd Street and O’Connell Road.

Police discovered that the male suspect had serious, life-threatening injuries from what was believed to be a gunshot wound. The suspect was rushed to a hospital.

Police on Sunday continued to investigate the shooting and had 23rd Street closed from Harper to East Hills Drive.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 785-843-TIPS (8477) or the Lawrence Police Department at 785-832-7509.

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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.