Four people were shot and killed inside a home Sunday night in Kansas City’s Northland.
The Platte County Sheriff’s Office went to the house in the Thousand Oaks neighborhood outside Parkville about 9:15 p.m. Sunday on reports of a shooting.
Four adults were found dead inside the home. Investigators do not think a shooter is at large and are not looking for a suspect. No one was in custody. Police would not say if the shooter was among the dead.
The Platte County dispatch center received a call from a woman who said she’d heard shots fired in the area.
“She was unsure where she was,” said Capt. Jeffery Shanks, spokesman for the Platte County Sheriff’s Office.
Dispatchers were able to tell she was in the 14000 block of Northwest 63rd Street in the Thousand Oaks subdivision.
“Initially she wasn’t sure of the exact address of where she was,” Shanks said. “She indicated there was a party armed with possibly a rifle.”
The Platte County Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter, assuming an active shooter was in the area, Shanks said.
The sheriff’s office called in its SWAT team. Members of the Missouri Highway Patrol and Parkville police responded to the area. The South Platte Fire Department and AMR ambulance staged in the area.
“Once the perimeter was secured, there was a decision made to make a tactical entry into the house with the SWAT team,” Shanks said. “Once the SWAT team did enter and clear the house, what they did discover was that there was four deceased parties inside the residence.”
All of the dead were middle-aged or older. Authorities have not identified them but think they were all related, according to the sheriff’s office.
The residence was secured and a search warrant was sought so that investigators could collect evidence.
Investigators were questioning the woman who initially called about the shooting as a witness. She was not considered a suspect, Shanks said.
The Platte County Sheriff’s Office was trying to determine whether she was inside the house at the time of the shooting.
Chuck Stockman, who lives nearby, said whatever happened was very quiet. He said he didn’t hear anything.
As a retired police officer, he thinks he’d recognize the sound of gunfire.
At around 10 pm, he went to let his dog out and turned on his outdoor flood lights.
When he went outside, he was surprised to see “police cars everywhere with no lights on.”
Officers were donning vests and had blocked off the area.
Stockman saw the sheriff and asked if everything was all right.
“Nope,” the Sheriff responded. “No it’s not.”
Seeing the deputies setting up a perimeter and taking defensive positions, Stockman asked if they wanted him to turn out the flood lights so they didn’t shine on them.
The sheriff said yes.
After turning out the lights, Stockman sat on his front steps watching, but nothing else happened so he went inside at 11:30 pm.
He was surprised to see police were still there in the morning.
“This is a really quiet neighborhood,” said Stockman, who has lived there 13 years.
The neighbors are friendly and get along with each other.
“It’s common for someone to set up a fire pit in the winter and invite others to come drink wine and watch the fire burn,” he said.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.