Parsons police responded to a report of shots fired in the parking lot of the PK Bar and Grill, 2106 Crawford, early Sunday morning. The first calls were received by dispatch at 2:08 a.m.
Upon arrival, police units saw a large bar crowd estimated at 100 individuals gathered in the parking lot.
Officers located one gunshot victim laying in the southeast part of the bar parking lot. The victim, a man in his 60s whose name is not being released at this time, had a single gunshot wound to his back. He was transported to Labette Health by ambulance and was then transferred to Joplin. No other victims were located at the bar.
The suspect or suspects had left the scene before police arrived.
One vehicle in the parking lot had damage from multiple gunshots. Police impounded that vehicle.
Mike Powell, commander for the Kansas Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (K-CAT), interviewed potential witnesses. Police were surprised that the vast number of people interviewed did not see, hear or observe the shooter(s). "Given the large number of patrons at the bar, it’s a wonder no one else was shot,” said Powell. “The evidence and leads we have so far indicated that this crime was not a random act of violence but was in-fact targeting an individual or individual(s) who left the scene. We believe our gunshot victim was not the intended target of this assault.”
Police collected shell casings.
“Additional leads are being tracked down by Detectives,” said Parsons Chief of Police Robert Spinks.
Deputy Chief Dennis Dodd met with family members at the hospital and at their home. Dodd said, “There are similarities between this shooting and the two open shooting investigations from May. Building a criminal case to the point of turning persons of interest into arrestable suspects who can be prosecuted rests in part on victims and witnesses being forthcoming.”
The Kansas Office of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC), which regulates liquor establishments, has also been notified of this investigation.
As additional information develops, police will alert the community.
This continues to be an ongoing investigation and citizens are encouraged to “See It, Hear It, Report It.” If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, please contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at email@example.com.