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<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070430/ap_on_re_us/mall_shooting" target="_blank">http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070430/.../mall_shooting</a><br><br>
A man driving a dead woman's car shot a police officer, then opened fire in a parking lot and a mall Sunday, authorities said. By the end of the day, four people, including the gunman, were dead.
 

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Where he was initially pulled over and the woman lived is a REALLY bad area.<br><br>
I could go on and on about incidents in that area. Something HAS to be done about it...it is honestly the only area here in town I avoid and that is saying a lot.<br><br>
I might know the officer involved. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I hope he is ok.
 

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It's an interesting area - my bf lives just on the other side of State Line in a super nice area.<br><br>
We were over there today when the news helicopters were flying overhead.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's an interesting area - my bf lives just on the other side of State Line in a super nice area.<br><br>
We were over there today when the news helicopters were flying overhead.</div>
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Yeah..the initial area is just around 435 and Bannister, that is the area I avoid and I worked all over KCMO.<br><br>
Where your bf lives is super nice
 

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I remember back when Bannister Mall was nice... years ago! Now, ummm, no way.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I remember back when Bannister Mall was nice... years ago! Now, ummm, no way.</div>
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Exactly. They really need to do something about that area, it is terrible.<br><br>
Just for the record..this isn't a typical urban area we are talking about. I tend to like urban areas. That area is SCARY<br><br>
It also has one of the largest WalMarts in the country right there.
 

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I am trying to picture where this is at. Its been a long time since we were in KC or thru KC area.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am trying to picture where this is at. Its been a long time since we were in KC or thru KC area.</div>
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It is a little bit North of where 435 and 71 meet and 50 turns into 470 it is a bit of a highway mess.
 

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Hmmm, I lived in an apartment a few blocks from Bannister Mall in 2002-2003. It really wasn't very bad, and it hasn't seemed to go downhill from my perspective (I still visit it often, since the Islamic Center is up there). Midtown (which I've also lived in) is much scarier IMO! I never heard gunshots up near Bannister, but they were common in Midtown.<br><br>
Very sad story about the shooting <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hmmm, I lived in an apartment a few blocks from Bannister Mall in 2002-2003. It really wasn't very bad, and it hasn't seemed to go downhill from my perspective (I still visit it often, since the Islamic Center is up there). Midtown (which I've also lived in) is much scarier IMO! I never heard gunshots up near Bannister, but they were common in Midtown.<br><br>
Very sad story about the shooting <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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Dh does work for and I used to work for QuikTrip. They sold the Bannister store it got so bad.
 

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I just found out about this late this afternoon and I am still numb.<br><br>
The female victim in the parking lot -- Leslie Ballew -- was a dear dear friend of mine who I have known since I was 15.<br><br>
I am not sure what else to say. I feel like I am going to throw up.
 

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Heartbreaking. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, boatbaby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
(((hugs)))
 

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I am so sorry boatbaby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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