Four people were killed and five injured when a shooting erupted at a busy bar in Kansas City, Kan., early Sunday morning, police said.
Police said that two suspects — at least one wielding a handgun — walked into the Tequila KC bar at 10th Street and Central Avenue in Kansas City around 1:27 a.m. and opened fire, sending panicked patrons fleeing into the street.
The investigation is ongoing, but police said they don’t believe the attack was random or a hate crime.
“There was a disturbance or a fight in the bar earlier that evening, and we’re investigating whether people removed from the bar or who left after the disturbance came back,” a police spokeswoman said.
Police spokesman Thomas Tomasic told reporters at the scene that they’re interviewing patrons at the bar whose stories “varied a lot” given the hour of the attack and that the investigation will “go from there.”
The injured, who range in age from 20s to 50s, were taken to four nearby hospitals and two have been released with minor injuries, authorities said. Police said the four dead were Hispanic males but gave no further details.
Sunday morning’s tragedy came as an off-duty Wyandotte County deputy in his 50s was shot and killed at his home Saturday night in an incident police said is not related.
Sunday’s attack was the latest mass shooting to strike the area. In April, one man died and three others were injured in a shooting outside a home on Michigan Avenue.
In 2014, a former “grand dragon” of the Ku Klux Klan, Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., shot and killed three outside at a Jewish community and retirement center in Overland Park, Kan. He was convicted and received the death penalty the following year.