Parsons police continue to investigate the Thursday afternoon shooting at 28th and Clark. No arrests have been made and no injuries were reported.
Police were called at 4:55 p.m. Thursday to 28th and Clark on a report of a shooting with vehicles involved.
Witnesses told officers that a white Cadillac Escalade and another vehicle, perhaps a white Dodge Durango or white Chevrolet Blazer, exchanged gunfire. Officers found the unoccupied Escalade parked facing south at 26th and Gabriel. The vehicle had multiple bullet holes in it. Police impounded the Cadillac as evidence as a part of the investigation.
Police also recovered eight shell casings at or near the intersection of 28th and Clark, according to Police Sgt. Jason Ludwig. Witnesses reported hearing six to eight gunshots. Ludwig said police could not confirm that all eight shell casings related to Thursday’s shooting.
Two homes near the intersection of 28th and Clark had what appeared to be bullet holes in them. Officers searched for other bullet impacts but could not find any, Ludwig said.
Witnesses were only able to tell officers that there were two white vehicles involved and possibly a female driver of the Durango or Blazer. Police are gathering information and conducting more interviews to identify persons of interest.
The motive for the shooting is uncertain, Ludwig said, but it appears not to be a random act of violence as the gunshots were fired at specific vehicles.
“This is the exact situation that every city in America faces. There will always be a percentage of the population that puts innocent people in danger,” said Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks. “Citizens should be outraged at this type of crime in our city. While violent crime dropped in Parsons in 2018, citizens have to take an active part in crime prevention, neighborhood awareness and reporting all suspicious activity 24 hours a day. We will also continue to pursue these criminals and bring them before our judges for justice,” Spinks said.
Police also discussed other incidents reported as suspected gunfire.
On Wednesday, someone reported shots fired in the Winway Addition. An investigation found that a landowner fired a gun on his property outside of the city.
On Thursday, there was a report of shots fired in the area of 14th and Chess. Police confirmed the noise was from fireworks. The resident was given a warning and advised of the city’s firework ordinance.
Later Thursday evening, a report of shots fired was determined to be an accidental discharge of a gun. A man, Aaron Finley, apparently shot himself in the hand. He was treated at Labette Health.
Spinks also wants to encourage anyone with information to “rat on a rat,” because only rats ruin areas in which they live and spread disease to the innocent. He said there is little doubt that Thursday’s shooting at 28th and Clark was related to drugs.