Man exchanges gunfire with police across the street from suburban Kansas City school
Fairway — A man was shot and wounded Friday afternoon while exchanging gunfire with police across the street from an elementary school in suburban Kansas City, authorities say.
The shooting happened around 3:10 p.m. Friday at a house in Fairway that is located directly across the street from Highlands Elementary School in the Shawnee Mission School District. Video shows a man exiting the home and firing shots before officers fired at him.
Overland Park police Officer John Lacy says officers first responded to the school around 1:30 p.m. Friday when a staff member reported hearing gunfire while outside. Police responded and found that gunfire had struck the front of the school and a van in the parking lot.
The school said in an email that it was placed on lockdown before the decision was made to dismiss students by walking them out to their parents individually.
That was underway when a woman called 911 and reported that her son was inside a home with a firearm and asked for assistance.
Lacy says officers at the school then went to the home, where gunfire was exchanged. Lacy said the man, whose name wasn’t immediately released, was struck in the leg and transported to a hospital in stable condition. Students then were brought back inside the school before being dismissed to their parents. No students or district employees were hurt.
Lacy said it’s unclear why the man was shooting. He said the shots that struck the school apparently were fired from inside the home.