Thursday, March 20, 2014

Free Zoo Admission Day In Kansas City...

...went about as well as you might expect.

As police continue on Wednesday to investigate Tuesday's violence at the Kansas City Zoo, city leaders are looking at changes to the zoo's free admission days for residents of Jackson and Clay counties.

Kansas City Zoo goers described Tuesday afternoon running for their lives after hundreds of teens were involved in fights inside the zoo and shots were fired in a zoo parking lot.

"It was very scary," Liberty resident Jaimi Heckadon said. "All hell broke loose."

As she and her group bolted for the exit, Heckadon said she heard people screaming about officers using pepper spray.

"The problem was these teenagers. None of them were escorted by an adult," she said.

Extra security was already on hand, but dozens of Kansas City police officers responded to the zoo after the issues erupted about 3:30 p.m. The zoo closed at 4 p.m. as scheduled.

No serious injuries were reported because of the issues. Authorities said Tuesday that 6 arrests were made and a gun was found on top of a fire pit in Swope Park, which surrounds the zoo.

No one has been arrested for firing the shots. One person was arrested for outstanding warrants, two females were arrested for non-violent assault and three were arrested for their roles in the chaos.

On Wednesday, police said "numerous arrests were made for fighting in public and assault."

The zoo has put on hold its free zoo-admission days until the issues are resolved.

Which basically means that free admission days at the KC zoo are finished for good.


Rev. Paul said...

KC has tended to be like that for a long time. When my cousins were in school there in the '70s, there were riots & fights in the high schools, at football games, and local malls. Almost all those incidents were ethnicity-based.

Old NFO said...

It sounds like the 'usual' suspects is right... sigh