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Two rush to Cristo Rey school for help after shooting


Police are sorting out the details of what led to a shooting outside a Kansas City high school Wednesday.

Two schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution, but both lockdowns have been lifted and children were allowed to go home.

Two people ran to Cristo Rey, a private school at 211 W. Linwood Boulevard, for help after shots rang out. Police say the shooting happened at the Penn Valley Apartments about a block away.

The shooting was reported about 3:45 p.m. near Linwood and Broadway boulevards.

Police initially said two people were shot, but now say one person was shot in the leg and will be OK.

"There were a couple of people who tried to get into the school. It ended up being the two victims. One was shot, and one was shot at," said Kansas City Police Department Officer Darrin Snapp.

The victims tried to enter the school in a bid to get help. School employees refused them entrance, and the school was placed on lockdown as a precaution.

Nearby Foreign Language Academy was also placed on lockdown as a precaution. Foreign Language Academy is the only Kansas City School District campus impacted by the shooting, a district spokesman said.

Police also initially said robbery was the motive for the shooting, but now believe the victims and suspects knew each other. Authorities are searching for a shooter and another person who was with the shooter.

For hours, students were not allowed to leave the building alone. Cristo Rey parents were notified via an automated telephone call.

Parents rushed to pick up their children, who were escorted to their cars.

Darrell Brown has managed the Penn Valley Apartments for about a year. He says gun play is not typical of the tenants and visitors.

"That's why everybody is freaked out, because I make sure that people they bring in here are people that don't start or cause trouble," Brown said.

Police said they are interviewing the victim and hoping to get any surveillance video from nearby businesses.

"We'll see if we can get some good video of them, try and identify them and take them into custody," Snapp said.

Cristo Rey was on lockdown for about 15 minutes. The lockdown was lifted and students were allowed to leave the building during normal class dismissal time, a school spokeswoman said.

Students at Foreign Language Academy also were allowed to leave as scheduled without incident, a district spokesman said.

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