Two men opened fire early Sunday, Oct. 6, in a bar in Kansas City, Missouri, killing four people and wounding five others in a shooting that was thought to have been the result of an earlier dispute, police said.
Police are looking for the two attackers, police spokesman Officer Thomas Tomasic said. He said the two men had some kind of dispute with people inside Tequila KC Bar, left, and returned with handguns.
As gunfire erupted about 1:30 a.m., Tomasic said, about 40 people were inside the small bar. The gunfire sent people running for the exits, leaving blood trails as the injured fled. When ambulances arrived, one of the injured tried to get a ride to the hospital.
All four men killed were Hispanic, but the authorities said Tomasic did not believe that the shooting was racially motivated. The shooting took place in a neighborhood that was largely Hispanic.
Tomasic noted that exactly what happened was still being investigated by police. He said that while searching for the gunmen, they were checking video surveillance and interviewing witnesses.
“Obviously being a bar at 1:30, stories vary a lot,” he said.
One man in his late 50s was among the dead, another in his mid-30s, and two in their mid-20s, police said. Officials have not yet released their names.
Nevertheless, Kansas City’s Juan Ramirez, told The Kansas City Star that among those killed was his 29-year-old nephew. He said that his nephew left behind a son of 6 years old and a daughter of 4 years old.
“I don’t wish this upon anybody,” Ramirez said.