Shooting Friday Afternoon Near Heman Park

Bystanders say shots were fired but no one was hit.

6:10 p.m. Update:

Capt. Michael Ransom said U City Police were called to Heman Park with a report of shots fired around 5 p.m.

"As as far as they know," Ransom told Patch, "No one was shot." 

Ransom said one young lady fell while trying to flee. No emergency medical vehicles were called to the scene/ 

Police have several people in custody, Ransom reported and have recovered a handgun. There are two vehicles which are being looked at by police.

Our original story:

Shots were reportedly fired Friday afternoon near . Bystanders at the scene tell Patch that it doesn't appear anyone was hit.

Calls to the  seeking information have not been returned.

Patch Editor Ryan Martin is at Heman Park. He reports at least five police vehicles are there. 

This is not the first report of . No charges were filed in that case. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

annz August 24, 2012 at 11:55 PM
I have witnessed several times trash getting high in the park and drinking while our softball team is having practice. Is U City slipping?
Johnathan R. August 25, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Annz- Yes, and so what? I know many people of adult age that get high and drink, but do not go out and and fire off guns in parks. This is typical "urban youth" behavior as our politically correct brethren like to call it. Poor parenting and a lack of personal responsibility lead to this not getting high and drinking.
Patrick Liberto August 25, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Getting high in your home is one thing. Getting high in a park where children are around does not set a good example to children. Dismissing it as no big deal sends the wrong message. What you do in your home is your business, what you do in our parks is all our business!!
Johnathan R. August 25, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Patrick - i think that people getting high in the park is the least of the problems at Heman Park. I have been in Heman Park on many occasions and see people drinking excessively, which has then led to loud and in some occasions unruly behavior. On top of this I have heard the "n" word being used not only by the "urban youth" as we like to call them, but simply from the music being played on radios/ stereos at obnoxious volumes. I have to imagine that there is quite a bit of drinking and smoking of marijuana at parks all across the metro region, but it seems that we only have shootings in parks that "urban youth" frequent. My point is that, it's not the marijuana and drinking that is causing most I these problems. It's an "urban youth" problem and, I agree it should not be dismissed as a big deal, however we will hear the same excuses we always do for these thugs behavior, the blame game will be played and this will eventually get swept under te rug.


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