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Police officers shot

October 21, 2001

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— Two off-duty Kansas City police officers were shot Saturday night in the city's West Bottoms warehouse district, authorities said.

The shooting occurred about 9:15 p.m. near a haunted house Halloween attraction, police spokesman Steve Young said. A witness said at least 20 to 30 shots were fired in a volley that lasted about two minutes.

Both of the officers are male, one was in critical condition late Saturday at Truman Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the lower portion of his body, a nursing supervisor said. The other officer, who is 28, was in serious condition at the Kansas University Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said.

The officers were working in the crowded area when they observed at least two prowlers, Young said.

The officers began to chase the suspects, a fight ensued and the officers were shot, Young said. It was not known whether the officers fired their weapons.

At least two suspects were in custody.

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