Parsons police continue to investigate the Aug. 18 shooting in the parking lot at PK Bar and Grill, 2106 Crawford, that injured a Parsons man.
They have identified a person of interest, though they have not released his name, and are looking for another gunman. Initially, police said at least 30 shell casings were recovered in the parking lot.
On Monday, police said 70 shell casings were recovered. It is unknown if a high-capacity clip or clips were used in the shooting. Two weapon types were fired, a .223-caliber rifle and a .40-caliber pistol, police said Monday. They didn’t know how many rifle rounds were fired compared to handgun rounds.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is testing shell casings for further evidence and to determine how many guns were used in the shooting that left a Parsons man, Kenneth Williams, injured with a bullet to his back. The bullet ended up in his cheek. Williams was taken to a Joplin hospital but has since been released.
The KBI is testing the bullet removed from Williams as well. Williams was found in the southeast part of the bar parking lot.
Parsons police were called at 2:08 a.m. Aug. 18 to the bar that had celebrated its one-year anniversary a week before. The bar closes at 2 a.m. and a release from police estimated that patrolmen encountered 100 people in the parking lot when they responded to the report of gunshots. Statements on social media disputed that estimate. Parsons Police Commander Mike Powell said previously there were people at and leaving the bar, and when the gunfire happened a number of people dropped by to the see what was happening after the shooting made social media rounds.
One car sustained damage from multiple gunshots and was impounded by police so they could recover the bullets. With that done, police released the vehicle to the registered owner later the same day. At least two other vehicles parked at the bar sustained gunfire damage, three or four rounds in each. Police allowed those vehicles to be driven home by their owners, Powell said.
Powell said Monday that the caliber of weapon (.40-caliber handgun) used in the July 15 shooting at 23rd and Corning was the same as one used in the bar shooting. Two vehicles, a black sport utility vehicle and a tan SUV, were involved. Twenty-one shots were fired. A May 2 shooting at 28th and Clark involved a 9 mm handgun fired at a vehicle.
Powell and Police Chief Robert Spinks said investigators have determined one person of interest in the bar shooting. They are still seeking the identity of the other suspected shooter, but have narrowed the list of suspects.
Police hope the public will continue to provide information about the shooting.
The Kansas Department of Revenue’s Division of Alcohol Beverage Control issued four citations to PK Bar and Grill for employing two disqualified persons (felony record) in the bar and operating on two occasions without a city license, which expired sometime before the shooting. Details on these violations were unavailable.
Jason Shaw is the license holder for PK Bar and Grill.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police are using an app, nextdoor.com, as a means for community members to visit with each other about crime and report crime to police. So far, 3% of 4,857 households in Parsons have signed up.