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1 Dead, 7 Wounded in Halloween Party Shooting Attended by High School-Age Kids

Eight people were shot, one fatally, Monday night at an invitation-only Halloween party attended by many high school age kids.

Kansas City, Kansas, Police Chief Karla Oakman said a group of uninvited people arrived at the home and were asked to leave. They opened fire as they left just after 9 p.m.

“This is very unfortunate,” Oakman said. “This stuff in the community has to stop. There’s far too many guns out here. This was a party with high-school-age students. Like I said, everyone has guns now. We need to be smarter than this.”

Investigators said at least two of the seven wounded were in critical condition. No arrests have been made.

Oakman said there were between 70 and 100 people at the party.

“It’s disturbing,” he said. “It’s unacceptable the number of people who are out here with guns. Regardless of what the situation is, we need to figure out how to manage our anger. Shooting people, taking the lives of people is not the answer. I mean, it’s just ridiculous. We have to figure out how to resolve conflict in a peaceful way.”

Investigators have not provided any further information about the victims.

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