Aug 14, 2011

Mayor visits KC Plaza, riot breaks out later. Kids run amock!

At least three youths were injured in shootings late Saturday night on the Country Club Plaza, where a melee erupted in which Mayor Sly James was shoved to the ground by his bodyguards.

Police confirmed the shooting victims were two boys and a girl, ages 11, 15 and 16.

Police were releasing few details, but said one victim was shot in the leg, and a bullet creased the cheek of a girl, witnesses said. They did not describe the third victim’s injury.

The shooting occurred near 47th and Wyandotte streets, near the Cheesecake Factory
Read more:  (From the star)

Sunday, the mayor said he'd take action by next week. (More from the Star...)  James’ announcement came after he was in close proximity to a shooting Saturday night that saw three teens wounded and the mayor forced to the ground by his security team.

However, James gave no specifics about what the plan might include. Whatever results will be worked out with the City Council after consultation with school officials, police and the juvenile court, among others.

James did not rule in or rule out imposing an earlier curfew, as suggested by an attorney for Plaza owner Highwoods Properties and others.

“We can’t expect that imposing a curfew is going to stop some 15-, 16-, 17-year-old from bringing a gun to anywhere,” he said at an afternoon news conference. “On the other hand, we should be able to expect parents not to have their 13-year-old children on the Plaza getting shot.”
He said the plan had to be broader than a change in any one ordinance.

More than 160 Comments from readers on TKC on the meleeMost critical of political correctness, unsupervised kids and lack of firm hand by the city.

Monday 11am...KMBZ radio reporting mayor plans to declare state of emergency for the purpose of setting an earlier curfew on weekends.  Plaza owners want a 9pm curfew on weekends to solve the problem of roving, unsupervised teenagers.\

Drudge Report runs a little blurb on Monday on the left column, mentioning the KC plaza issue.  Copy is what the Star ran...and that's Drudge's link.


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