Man Shot Near Midtown Drugstore Dies

No Arrests Made
May 22, 2007

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police said an innocent bystander who was hit by gunfire Sunday night near a drugstore at 39th and Broadway streets has died.Chris Bartholomew, 21, of Gladstone, was shot in the head while he was standing in a parking lot, officers said.Three other people were wounded when a gunman opened fire from inside a car.
Police said hundreds of people were in nearby Westport at the time.”Those events were kind of scary, but I’m not going to let it bother me,” said Dalton Waters, who lives in the Westport area. “I know most everyone in this neighborhood — I guarantee it’s outside influence coming in.””It does affect the entire community and everyone needs to be aware and take precautions,” said John Engelman with the Westport Regional Business League, which operates public safety in the neighborhood.Police said that in general, crime is down in Westport; the only crime being reported more often is robbery.No arrests have been made in Sunday’s shooting.

Anyone with information in the case can call the TIPS Hot Line at 816-474-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.This is the 36th homicide in Kansas City this year.

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