Crown Center employees hoping for extra security after shooting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some employees at businesses in Crown Center are hoping to see additional security measures implemented following a shooting on Wednesday that sent six people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Another employee at a Crown Center business told FOX4 they aren’t worried about security and just want to move forward.

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“I think more security needs to be here at Crown Center,” Topsy’s employee Jeannie Serwatka said. “Back in the day, there was security all of the time. You saw a security person, and now it is once every 3 hours. “

FOX4 asked Kansas City police if anyone had been arrested, if they plan to recommend charges, and for the names of the person or people responsible for the gunfire that sent six people to the hospital.

We’re told the case is still under investigation, and there are no updates as of Monday.

A KCPD spokesperson said detectives continue to piece together details about what led up to the Crown Center shooting and identify the people involved.

So far, the investigation shows that a disturbance between two groups near the food court on the lower level led to gunfire.

A visitor and a Crown Center employee working security were not involved in the argument but fired in response to the original gunshots.

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According to KCPD,  those people are both identified, have spoken with detectives, and are cooperating fully with investigators.

Serwatka has worked in the Crown Center for decades and said violent incidents aren’t common.

“The only thing that would come close was probably ten years ago, there was a robbery, but other than that, nothing,” Serwatka said.

Serwatka believes something needs to change to keep employees and visitors safe.

“If they have to check at the door what the person brings in, then they need to check what the person brings in,” Serwatka said.

Multiple visitors agree violence is not common at Crown Center and hope for changes to stop any future violent incidents.

“I came down today and felt safe,” Crown Center visitor Mark Bender said.  “Today, the biggest danger was the ice.”

“We actually just relocated from California. I guess I still feel a lot safer here than there,” Crown Center visitor Alexandra Mcneese said. “We didn’t know that happened, and we probably wouldn’t be here if we did.”

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KCPD detained and questioned several people the night of the shooting. They took one person into custody for an investigative hold.

That person was later released while detectives continued to investigate.

KCPD detectives ask anyone who may have seen anything or has information that could help officers identify anyone who may have been involved in the incident to report it to the police department.

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