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Four injured in shooting at Independence Center

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Four people were injured in a shooting Friday afternoon at the Independence Center. One of the victims is in critical condition, according to police. The shooting was reported around 2:20 p.m. Friday afternoon. Police say two groups of people met at the mall. An argument ensued, leading to gunfire between the two groups. Three persons of interest are in custody. One of the victims of the shooting is a woman. “We’re trying to piece together the details,” Independence Police spokesman Jack Taylor said. You can watch the full update below: Witnesses describe situation at Independence Center Alexis McPherson was in the area when the shooting took place. McPherson was with her friend when the shooting happened and said she heard a “boom boom.” “My best friend and I were just sitting there and we heard ‘boom boom,’” McPherson said. “We thought something had fallen. We saw someone fall.” They rushed to a nearby store shortly after the shooting. “People in the store didn’t even know what was going on.” Like McPherson, Christopher and Nick Stephens initially thought something had fallen in the mall. “I didn’t think anything of it,” Nick Stephens said. “Then I saw people looking for a hiding place. When I saw people running, I grabbed my things and ‘we have to go’.” Mall security told everyone to get out. » Christopher Stephens said the noise was so loud he could hear it through his headphones. “I was watching a video on my phone and the volume was up and I heard what sounded like an automatic gun,” he said. “I think someone fell. I see people running and telling us to leave. He has a gun.” Multiple violent incidents at the mall since 2020In recent years, several incidents of violence have been reported at the mall. Around 300 juveniles fought multiple times at the Independence Center on October 24, 2020. A little over two months later, there was another massive fight at the mall, this time involving around 500 teenagers. Since then, a curfew has been in effect in the area near the shopping center. In September 2022, shots were fired during an incident inside the mall. No injuries were reported from this past incident.

Four people were injured in a shooting Friday afternoon at the Independence Center.

One of the victims is in critical condition, according to police.

The shooting was reported around 2:20 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Police say two groups of people met at the mall. An argument ensued, leading to gunfire between the two groups.

Three persons of interest are in custody.

One of the victims of the shooting is a woman.

“We’re trying to piece together the details,” Independence Police spokesman Jack Taylor said.

You can watch the full update below:

Witnesses describe the situation at the Independence Center

Alexis McPherson was in the area at the time of the shooting.

McPherson was with her friend when the shooting happened and said she heard a “boom boom.”

“My best friend and I were sitting there and we heard ‘boom boom,'” McPherson said. “We thought something had fallen. We saw someone fall.”

They rushed to a nearby store shortly after the shooting.

“People in the store didn’t even know what was going on.”

Like McPherson, Christopher and Nick Stephens initially thought something had fallen in the mall.

“I didn’t think anything of it,” Nick Stephens said. “Then I saw people looking for a hiding place. When I saw people running, I grabbed my things and ‘we have to go’.” Mall security told everyone to get out. »

Christopher Stephens said the noise was so loud he could hear it through his headphones.

“I was watching a video on my phone and the volume was up and I heard what sounded like an automatic gun,” he said. “I think someone fell. I see people running and telling us to leave. He has a gun.”


Several violent incidents in a shopping center since 2020

In recent years, multiple incidents of violence have been reported at the mall.

Around 300 juveniles fought multiple times at the Independence Center on October 24, 2020. A little over two months later, there was another massive fight at the mall, this time involving around 500 teenagers. Since then, a curfew has been in effect in the area near the shopping center.

In September 2022, shots were fired during an incident inside the mall.

No injuries were reported from this past incident.

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