Four Dead in Mass Shooting in Kansas City, One Suspect Arrested

Four people were killed and five were injured in the most recent mass shooting in 2019 at a bar in Kansas City, Kan., the Washington Post reported. One of the two shooters had been arrested as of Sunday afternoon.

The two suspects, Javier Alatorre, 23, and Hugo Villanueva-Morales, 29, allegedly had had a disagreement with people at the Tequila KC bar, left, and then returned to open fire inside, the Associated Press reported. Alatorre was arrested, but Villanueva-Morales is still at large.

“We think there was something that happened in the bar earlier probably,” a police spokesperson told the Associated Press. “Unfortunately, they left and decided to take it to another level, came back and started shooting … It’s a pretty small bar, so if you have two guys come in and start shooting, people are just running, running anywhere they can.”

The two men returned and started shooting around 1:30 a.m. with around 40 people inside. Everyone killed was Hispanic, but the police officers do not believe it was racially motivated or random. The bar is in a neighborhood with a large Hispanic population.

Of the five injured, two have already been released with minor injuries, the Post reported. The four men who died range in age from mid-20s to 50s, the Post reported.

A man named Juan Ramirez told The Kansas City Star that his 29-year-old nephew, also a father to two young children, was among those killed.

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Alatorre and Villanueva-Morales were caught on surveillance footage which was then released to the public to help capture the suspects.

The area has seen a spate of gun violence in the last several years. In 2014, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan shot and killed three people outside a Jewish center in Overland Park, Kan. In April, one man died and three others were injured in a shooting outside a home on Michigan Avenue in Kansas City.