Suspect opened fire on them at a stoplight on 39th Street in Independence.


Four teenagers were slightly injured just before midnight Saturday in a drive-by shooting at 39th Street and Bolger Road in Independence.

Independence Police Sgt. Dennis Green reports that the four victims were inside the nearby Wal-Mart about 45 minutes before the shooting, shopping for Halloween costumes. One of them tossed a piece of candy to another, and the candy passed by a child about 2 years old. The adult with the child became furious and began yelling obscenities at the teens. He told them he was going to get them in the parking lot.  He and the little boy left about 40 minutes before the shooting.

When the teens left the store they got into two cars and left the parking lot, stopping at the light at 39th and Bolger. While they waited, a car drove up on their left side and someone started shooting.

A 16-year-old boy in one vehicle was hit in the eye by shrapnel from a bullet. He was treated at the scene and was not hospitalized.

The suspect's car, which left westbound on 39th Street, was a green or blue Ford Escort. The suspect is described as a black male, 20 to 27 years old, 5-foot to 5-foot-4. The child was possibly in the  car at the time of the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Independence Police Department at 816-325-7300 or the TIPS Hotline.