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Gun violence in the US

Two critically wounded in shooting outside Kansas elementary school

The suspect shot two co-workers as they installed artificial turf on a school playground, say investigators

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 July, 2018, 2:46am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 July, 2018, 2:56am

Authorities arrested a suspect on Tuesday in a shooting that critically wounded two contract workers outside an elementary school in suburban Kansas City.

The man was taken into custody outside a nearby home where authorities found a sport utility vehicle that was carjacked after the shooting at Sunrise Point Elementary School, said Jason Rhodes, spokesman for the Overland Park Fire Department in Kansas.

Rhodes said that when police started to move in with armoured vehicles, the suspect bolted from the back door of the home and was taken down. His name was not immediately released.

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Investigators said the suspect shot two co-workers earlier in the day as they installed artificial turf on a playground at the school. No students were at the school at the time, said Blue Valley School District spokeswoman Becky Miller.

The suspect had tried but failed to carjack another vehicle at a car wash before stealing the SUV, a black GMC Denali.

Police Chief Francis Donchez said the home where the suspect was arrested belonged to the owner of the SUV. He said it is unclear what led the suspect to go to that home but described it as “bizarre to say the least.”

He said the victims of the shooting were undergoing surgery and remained in critical condition. Their names have not been released.