Violence still gripped the Independence Center after shots were fired

Independence, Mo. – There are still some unanswered questions one day after Monday’s terrible situation at the Independence Center.

Mall employees and customers were forced to take cover after someone fired shots inside. Fortunately, no one was injured. This is just one of several incidents in the mall in recent years.

“We immediately knew it was gunfire and ran to the nearest store,” said a customer.

Independence City is responding to a problem that has plagued the shopping center for some time.

Since 2018, there have been several shootings, fights and other disturbances at the Independence Center.

In a statement to FOX4, City Manager Zach Walker said: “The City Council has taken aggressive steps in recent years to improve security at all commercial centers, including the Independence Center.”

Those steps include establishing curfews for those under 18 and creating a task force to help double security.

One of the men sitting on that task force was former councilman Mike Huff. He said more needs to be done to stop the violence at the Independence Center.

“Obviously we didn’t get all the language covered or maybe we need to see what we got going, maybe we failed somewhere along the line here,” Huff said.

Police do not believe Monday’s incident was intended to harm many people. Instead, they believe it’s a problem that’s getting out of hand. At this time, no suspects have been identified.

“An act of violence like the one displayed on Monday is not welcome in our community, and we will continue to review our city code for additional safety improvements,” Walker said.

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