Deadly shooting in Kansas City

By Fernando Alfonso III and Christina Kline, CNN

Updated 4:21 p.m. ET, October 6, 2019
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3:11 p.m. ET, October 6, 2019

Witness recounts events leading up to the shooting

From CNN's Natasha Chen

A woman was at Tequila KC Bar was with friends when she spotted one of the suspects get thrown out of the Kansas City establishment.

Shay Celedon said she saw the man enter the bar in an agitated state and saw him get into an argument with the bartender, at which point he was escorted out, Celedon told CNN.

Celedon also saw the suspect get into an argument with another individual before leaving. Celedon left the bar two hours before the shooting, she said.

2:37 p.m. ET, October 6, 2019

Friend of shooting victims pleads for suspects to turn themselves in

From CNN's Natasha Chen

Natasha Chen
Natasha Chen

A woman who had friends and family injured and killed overnight in the Kansas City shooting is pleading for the suspects to turn themselves in.

Toni Maciel says the community is very tight-knit, and many people likely know both victims and suspects.

“Turn yourself in -- yourselves in. Make it easier for yourselves. Find it in your hearts to do this, please. We have brothers, sons, cousins, uncles, that are no longer here because of your senseless act," Maciel said.

Kansas City Police are searching for two possible suspects.

A vigil for the victims is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT tonight.

Maciel claimed one of the suspects was kicked out of the Tequila KC Bar last night and returned with a second person, resulting in a confrontation and shooting. She described the bar as being a gathering place for the community, always safe and welcoming to adults from their 20s to their 60s. People would come after work for a drink, and guests generally know each other and each other’s families, Maciel said.

10:56 a.m. ET, October 6, 2019

Police reviewing surveillance video from the bar

From CNN's Melissa Alonso


Remaining patients from the bar shooting are said to be in “stable condition,” according to Kansas City Police Public Information Officer Thomas Tomasic.

There were trails of blood outside the Tequila KC Bar as injured patrons ran from gunfire. All five patients transported to the hospital were outside the bar when first responders arrived, Tomasic said.

Police are reviewing “inside surveillance” video captured at the bar, Tomasic added. 

There are two possible suspects police are searching for according to witness testimony, Tomasic said.

KCPD is “trying to talk to as many witnesses as we can from the bar” but “stories vary a lot,” Tomasic says. 

Police do not have specific suspect information they can release at this time, Tomasic says.

9:58 a.m. ET, October 6, 2019

Two possible suspects sought in bar shooting

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

Police believe there were “possibly two suspects that entered” Tequila KC Bar and began shooting, according to Kansas City Police Public Information Officer Thomas Tomasic.

Investigators believe this is an isolated incident and “do not feel it’s racially motivated,” Tomasic said. 

At least two people have been released from the hospital. There were around 40 people in the bar at the time of the shooting, Tomasic said.

8:03 a.m. ET, October 6, 2019

Police believe type of weapon used in the shooting was a handgun

Handgun casings were found on scene of the Tequila KC Bar shooting in Kansas City, Kansas, according to police.

Police believe the weapon used by the suspect was a handgun due to the casings found on scene.

Public Information Officer Thomas Tomasic says he does not have identifications on victims yet or a good description of a suspect.

7:08 a.m. ET, October 6, 2019

ATF is responding to the scene

Agents from the ATF Kansas City are responding to the scene of the shooting at the Tequila KC Bar at 10th and Central in Kansas according to a tweet from the agency.

10:57 a.m. ET, October 6, 2019

Five people are in stable condition

From Rebekah Riess


Police in Kansas City, Kansas, received a call about a shooting at the Tequila KC Bar at 1:27 a.m. (2:27 a.m. ET), according to Public Information Officer Thomas Tomasic.

Officers arrived to find four dead inside the bar. Five others were transported to area hospitals and are all in stable condition, Tomasic said.

Detectives are now on scene looking for surveillance video of the area.

Tomasic said he does not have identifications on victims yet. Police also do not have a good description of the suspect.

“We do not have a good enough description yet, to put anything out for a suspect, or suspects, we don't even know how many," Tomasic said on the scene.

7:02 a.m. ET, October 6, 2019

What we know about the shooting

There has been a deadly shooting at a bar in Kansas City. Here's what we know so far:

  • The victims: Four people are dead and five others are injured.
  • The suspect: Police say the suspect entered a bar and started shooting. The suspect has not yet been detained, police say.