UPDATE: Police locate three sought in Friday night shooting

By Mike Genet mike.genet@examiner.net


Independence police said late Sunday afternoon that three of the four people sought Friday's shooting have been located. The vehicle the four were said to be in during the incident also has been found.

A fourth person, referred to by police atSubject #4, has not been found.

Police said this remains an open investigation.

Police say anyone with any information about this case or the whereabouts of Subject #4 is asked to call the Tips Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS, call IPD tips at (816) 325-7777 or send an email to leads@indepmo.org.


Independence police are looking for four people in connection with Friday night's shooting in southwest Independence. 

The four, who police say should be considered armed and dangerous, are:

Subject #1: Ronald R. Wessley, 28 years old from Kansas City, Mo.

Subject #2: Hope L. Williams, 23 years old from Kansas City, Mo.

Subject #3: Unknown Black Male

Subject #4: Unknown Black Male

Police say the four were in what appeared to be black Dodge Durango with black wheels and Missouri license plate No. RE6K8K.  

Also, police say the girl who was wounded is 9 years old, not 5. Police say she and her mother were dropped off at a Walmart after the shooting. 

Ronald R. Wessley, sought by police
Hope L. Williams, sought by police
Person sought by police
Person sought by police
Dodge Durango with Missouri plates RE6K8K


A rolling gun battle outside an Independence restaurant on U.S. 40 Friday evening left a 5-year-old seriously injured. 

Kansas City Police found the girl at a nearby Wal-Mart, where she had been dropped off from one of the suspect vehicles. On the street and in the parking lot outside V’s Italiano Ristorante, police found at least two dozen shell casings.

The shooting happened shortly before 8 p.m. outside the longstanding restaurant just west of Sterling Avenue. Independence Police received calls for “shots fired” and quickly after that heard from KCPD that a 5-year-old girl with a gunshot wound had been dropped off outside the Wal-Mart at U.S. 40 and Blue Ridge Boulevard, less than a quarter-mile away.

“An adult had stayed with her, but the driver took off,” IPD spokesperson John Syme said.

The girl was rushed to a nearby hospital. As of about 10:30 p.m., police did not have any person in custody and did not have a description of the suspect vehicles.

According to KSHB-TV news, surveillance video from the restaurant showed people in two vehicles, a car and an SUV, exchanging gunshots on the highway and then in the V’s parking lot.

V’s owner Greg Hunsucker said three vehicles got hit with gunshots, but nobody was hurt.

“Thankfully no customers or staff members were injured in the incident,” V’s posted on its Facebook page. “Unfortunately, a 5 year old girl in one of the vehicles was not as fortunate. Our thoughts and prayers are with her this evening.”