Michael Bushnell

Two shooting victims were found outside a residence in the 300 block of Wabash Avenue this morning just to the north of Garfield Elementary School.

Two adults were transported to area hospitals, one with critical injuries, and another with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to a source at the scene, teachers at Garfield Elementary locked the school down initially. Once KCPD Security and KCPD  officers arrived on the scene it was determined that the threat was not imminent any longer and the lockdown was lifted.

A KCPD Security guard indicated that once the lockdown button is pushed in the school, it automatically sends a signal to all KCPS security vehicles which is how district security officials arrived here so quickly.

Nichole McCormack lives about a block away from the school and was preparing to walk her son to school when she heard what sounded like a loud nail gun. “I was just getting my son ready for school. He’s a second grader here at Garfield, McCormack said.  “It sounded like construction, it was very loud. I walked my son to school and didn’t think anything of it. And then I came home and saw on our block watch page that there was an incident over here.”

“This is a quiet,  I mean this Pendleton heights itself is pretty quiet, McCormack added. “It’s I mean we have a really good block watch page. Everyone looks out for each other. ”

The circumstances leading up to the shooting are unclear. We’ll have more details as they become available. Detectives are canvassing and looking for any additional information.