Archive for Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Gunmen open fire on mourners

Three wounded in shooting incidents surrounding teen’s funeral

June 30, 2004

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— Police are looking for suspects who shot three people when they opened fire outside a funeral home, then another residence, where loved ones had gathered to mourn a murdered teen.

Police say two men suffered gunshot wounds Monday after an altercation with the shooting suspects took place in front of the Mrs. J.W. Jones Memorial Chapel in Kansas City, Kan.

Both men were transported to a nearby hospital and their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The funeral service was for Aaron Roundtree, 18, who was killed in a June 20 gunfight outside a Kansas City, Kan., convenience store. A Kansas City, Kan., man has been charged in Roundtree's death.

Later that evening, police say a 49-year-old woman was shot when a gunman fired into a crowd when friends and relatives gathered to remember Roundtree at his grandmother's house. The woman was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

Kansas City, Kan., Police Capt. Michael Kobe said it was too early to determine a motive behind Monday's shootings.

Before his death, Roundtree had been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the November shooting death of a Gladstone, Mo., woman. Those charges were dropped because a key witness refused to testify.

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