Kansas shooting: Two contractors critical after being shot by a co-worker on school playground

At around 9 am on Tuesday, two workers were shot by their co-worker following an argument in a school playground. The victims are critical and the shooter has been identified

                            Kansas shooting: Two contractors critical after being shot by a co-worker on school playground
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Two construction workers were shot at an elementary school in Overland Park, Kansas, on Tuesday morning and are reportedly in a critical condition. The workers were shot at Sunrise Point Elementary School and no students were injured in the incident. The shooting occurred at 9 am and police were at the scene around 9:20 am.

John Lacy, Overland Park Police Public Information Officer/Media Relations officer, reportedly stated that he believed there might have been some type of argument just before the shooting between employees of the contracted company doing work on the playground. The two people who were injured were contractors working on the school’s playground and the man who shot them was also working for the same contractor.

KMBC 9 was told by police that the shooting was between co-workers of a construction company installing turf on the playground and no children were in the playground. However, all schools in the Blue Valley School District have been secured as a precaution. 

The shooting suspect fled and, a few minutes later, attempted an unsuccessful carjacking. The second time he tried carjacking on another street and successfully took off on a black GMC Denali. At that time, shots were fired but no one was hit. Police further told local media that the suspect has been identified but more information has not been released.

Currently, police in Overland Park are canvassing three locations connected to a shooting and the residents in the surrounding neighborhood were told to stay in their homes. 

The three active scenes where police are present are: 157th and Roe: Sunrise Point Elementary School where the shooting took place. 151st and Metcalf: The suspect attempted to carjack someone at a car wash, but the suspect was unsuccessful. 148th and Metcalf: The suspect took a black Denali from someone and drove away.