October 6, 2019 / 1:09 PM / a month ago

Four killed, five wounded in shooting in Kansas bar

(Reuters) - Four people were killed and five wounded in a Kansas City area bar early on Sunday when one or two suspects opened fire, and police were hunting for the shooters, local authorities said.

Authorities believe the suspects had been involved in a dispute at Tequila KC Bar, a private club, earlier in the night and left before returning around 1:30 a.m. and opening fire with handguns, the Kansas City Police Department, Kansas, said in a statement.

The four people killed were all Hispanic men and ranged from their mid 20s to late 50s. The five people injured were hospitalized and are in stable condition, police spokesman Thomas Tomasic told reporters on Sunday.

“We do not have any specific suspect information yet,” Tomasic said. “We do not believe it’s random. We do believe that it’s an isolated incident.”

Police arrived at a scene of chaos when they were alerted to the incident, as the few dozen people who had been in the bar were running out, the suspects had fled and there was blood on the street, he said.

Authorities have not identified the victims, but local resident Juan Ramirez told the Kansas City Star on Sunday that his 29-year-old nephew was among those killed.

Kansas City, Kansas, is located about 4 miles (6.4 km) across the Missouri River from Kansas City, Missouri.

Reporting by Gabriella Borter in New York; Editing by Sandra Maler

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