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3 killed, 2 injured in Kansas City bar shooting


A shooting at a Kansas City bar on Sunday morning left three people dead and two others injured, including one in critical condition, police said.

Multiple officers responded to the Klymax Lounge shooting reported just before 1:30 a.m. closing time.

They found multiple victims and immediately began providing medical attention, the Kansas City Police Department said in an email.

Police said two of the victims died at the scene — one was found inside the bar and the other was outside the building in Kansas City, Missouri.

A third victim died in hospital.

Details of the circumstances leading up to the shooting were not immediately available and it was not immediately clear where the victims were when they were shot.

Police said the victims were all adults, but their ages and identities were not immediately available. But relatives identified one of the victims.

The bar featured a performance by a local rap artist who performs under the name “Nutty Still Gassin” on Saturday night.

He posted a live video of the club to his Facebook page earlier the night before the shooting. No one answered the phone at the bar on Sunday after it was scheduled to open.

Homicide detectives and crime scene investigators were on the scene Sunday morning to gather evidence and talk to potential witnesses, police said.

Honystye Chancellor told the Kansas City Star that her stepfather, 41-year-old Jason McConnell, was killed in the shooting while he was working at the door of the bar.

After rushing to the bar, Chancellor said, people in the crowd told her the rapper had finished performing and was leaving just as the shooting happened.

The Chancellor said McConnell was well known at the club because he was friendly and could talk to anyone. According to the chancellor, he also worked in a restaurant and managed a wireless communications store nearby.

Chancellor told the newspaper that McConnell encouraged her to turn away from violence after she often got into fights as a child, and he was “good and kind and always tried to keep us on the right track”.

She said McConnell was a sneakerhead who probably owned more than 100 pairs of shoes and also had a 15-year-old son.

The chancellor said she and her brother spent the night in bed with their mother after she returned from Klymax after getting the news.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.