Woman driver is shot and two children were injured when SUV hits house, KC police say

Kansas City police are investigating a woman who was shot and then slammed the SUV she was driving into a house, injuring two child passengers.

The shooting was reported just after 5:30 p.m. in the 5800 block of Askew Avenue. It stemmed from an incident that happened moments earlier at a liquor store at 57th Street and Swope Parkway, police spokesman, Sgt. Jacob Becchina said in an email.

Several shots were fired as the woman drove away. The vehicle struck a house on Askew Avenue and caused minor damage to the residence. The woman and the two children were injured and taken to nearby hospitals.

It was initially unclear if the woman’s injuries were the result of being shot or caused when the SUV struck the house. Medical crews determined the woman had been shot. She is listed in stable condition, Becchina said.

The two children had minor injuries.

Michelle Butler said she was driving near 57th Street and Bales Avenue when she heard several gunshots.

“I had just missed that vehicle running over the curve and then it wound up hitting this house,” Butler said. “And it’s sad. I don’t know who got hurt. If it was over a fender-bender, then it shouldn’t gotten that deep.”

On Friday, details of what prompted the shooting remained under investigation. Police did not say if any arrests had been made.

Anyone with information should call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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