Two shot at Kansas elementary school playground

Posted at 12:03 PM, Jul 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 12:29:00-04

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.    Police are searching for the suspect believed to have shot two people outside of Overland Park's Sunrise Point Elementary School Tuesday morning.

Overland Park police said they were called to the school at about 9 a.m. Fire and medical first responders found two men on the playground outside who had been shot.

Both were taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

Police said the men were contractors working on the playground installing equipment at the time of the shooting.

The suspect is a coworker.

Witnesses told police that one of the workers began arguing with the two victims, which ended with the suspect shooting the men.

Police said no children were at the school the time of the shooting. Neighbors in the immediate area had been notified of what happened.

Authorities said there are three different crime scenes associated with the incident:

  • The shooting itself at the elementary school playground.
  • An attempted carjacking at 151st and Metcalf, a nearby car wash. Shots were fired, but no one was hurt.
  • 148th and Metcalf, where the suspect was successful carjacking at gunpoint a black GMC Denali.

Police have found the Denali but the suspect was not inside. Police said the suspect dropped it off at the carjacking victim's house.

A representative from the Blue Valley School District said there was no summer school in session at Sunrise Point Elementary, but there was custodial staff inside.

Other schools were placed on "secured entry," meaning kids were not allowed to go outside, but operations continued as normal inside.