Police found shell casings from two different weapons and witnesses reported hearing up to 20 shots in a burst of gunfire Thursday night around 5:45 in the area of Midtown Center at 23rd and Union.
Police are investigating the shooting but there were no immediate reports of victims. We’re told there was some damage to at least one vehicle in the area.
Several shell casings from two different caliber weapons were found near the entrance to the center at 23rd and Spring, according to police radio reports. One suspect was described only as a skinny black male wearing a black hoodie. There may have been a vehicle involved in the incident.
The shots were the latest gunfire incident around Midtown. Back to back nights of shots fired in the area in late January also brought a large police response and, fortunately, no victims. The incidents also resulted in no immediate arrests. In one of the shootings, a bullet is believed to have traveled more than a half-mile before landing in the door of a third-floor apartment unit north of the incident.
Longtime Midtown property owner Tom Bangasser has been planning to sell the 23rd and Union property to make way for a mixed-used project on the site. Late last month, the City Council’s planning and land use committee declined to approve rezoning of the 106,000 square-foot property to allow for a 6-story development. Neighbors have complained to police — and CHS — that the property is increasingly a hangout and draws illegal activities including drug dealing and gambling in the parking lot.
Thursday, CHS reported that the incredibly popular Smash Putt mini-golf event is planning to take over the old and empty post office in the center to put the space into use for a few months this spring.