Mass shootings tend to garner headlines and for good reason. They’re horrific events that rattle the public to our very core. The random nature of them shocks us and terrifies us to an extreme and thus, the media covers it and tries to push policy based on the ensuing emotions.
After four mass shootings in the month of August, we had an event-free September.
If only we could say that for October. Right now, we can’t.
Four people were killed and five others were injured during a shooting early Sunday morning at a bar in Kansas City, Kan.
The five people who were wounded suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to local hospitals, according to a statement by the Kansas City police department.
Police spokesman Thomas Tomasic said a call came in around 1:27 a.m. about a shooting in the area around 10th Street and Central Avenue. Tomasic said that when officers arrived at the Tequila KC bar, they found four people dead inside.
Police said the shooters were armed with handguns.
This isn’t what anyone wants. No one wants to see innocent life taken.
Well, I get the feeling this guy kind of likes it.
I visited Kansas City in August—and everyone I met was warm, generous, and welcoming. My heart is with all who are impacted by this tragedy. Together, communities like ours, which have been victims of gun violence, will lead the way in ending this epidemic. https://t.co/2EkrgqPwAz
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) October 6, 2019
The two shooters, unlike most mass shooters, didn’t stick around to be caught. Instead, they bolted.
It didn’t do one of them any good, though. He’s since been arrested and his partner in the shooting is on the run.
Police have arrested one of two individuals identified as suspects in a weekend shooting that killed four people and wounded another five at a bar in Kansas City, Kansas.
Javier Alatorre, 23, was taken into custody Sunday afternoon just across state lines in Kansas City, Missouri. The second suspect, 29-year-old Hugo Villanueva-Morales, remains at large and is considered “armed and dangerous,” according to a press release from the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department.
It seems that Alatorre and Villanueva-Morales had some kind of run-in with someone else at the private club and been kicked out. Details on that appear to be a bit sketchy as of this writing.
Let’s be clear on a few things.
One, yes, this does count as a mass shooting. It meets the definition. In fact, the motivation reminds me far too much of the Cafe Racer shooting in Seattle back in 2012. That killer was also turned away.
However, there’s a very different feel to this shooting. After all, the Cafe Racer shooting took place immediately. Other mass shootings seem to be meticulously planned out. This was somewhere in between. They’d been asked to leave the club, but came back a short time later armed with handguns, then opened fire.
I doubt we’ll hear much in the media about this shooting because so few of their favorite angles are available.
While the victims are Hispanic, so are the alleged shooters. They used handguns and not AR-15s. I have a feeling that we’re going to find, as per usual, that no gun control proposals being discussed would have curbed these two from getting firearms. As such, I suspect this shooting will soon be swept under the run as the media pretends it never happened.
Well, it did. Now, four people are dead and we need to find answers for this sort of thing, answers that don’t infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.