After a great deal of reporting this morning . . . The upshot is that we all kind of knew this festival is/was a disaster in the making given that COVID has killed the ability of people to behave in public.

On the bright side, there are no reports of a homicide in the aftermath.

And so, here's a description of the chaotic scene just for posterity . . . And today's confirmation that the Kansas City metro can't have anything nice . . .

According to police, four juvenile victims were injured and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries at about 11 p.m.

There were around 15 shots fired and people were immediately evacuated and the festival shut down.

Several officers were stationed around the festival and in the carnival area specifically, but there are a lot of exits, which made finding the suspect difficult, according to Taylor. 

"Independence police spokesperson Officer Jack Taylor mentioned that the department chose social media to ask parents to pick up their children because it's the easiest way to reach people and there were many unaccompanied young people at the carnival that needed to be picked up. "Don't bring your kids up here and drop them off, don't let them be unsupervised and you stay up here with them, make sure there's a responsible adult with them," he said.

"He said there will likely be an increase in security Monday, as the festival enters its final day. He emphasized that people should still feel safe enough to get out and enjoy the festival."

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Four juveniles hurt in shooting at SantaCaliGon festival grounds, Independence police says

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The Independence police department is trying to identify a suspect in a shooting at the SantaCaliGon festival ground Sunday night. According to police, four juvenile victims were injured and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries at about 11 p.m. What led to the shooting is still under investigation and the [...]

4 injured in shooting at SantaCaliGon Festival

Independence, Missouri, police are investigating a shooting in the carnival area at the SantaCaliGon Festival Sunday night.Police responded to the shooting around 11:00 p.m. Sunday. Police said four juveniles were shot. All were taken to the hospital and have non-life-threatening injuries.

Scanner audio of SantaCaliGon Days shooting chronicles efforts by police and EMS to help victims and control the scene

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4 juveniles shot at SantaCaliGon Days in Independence

INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) --- Four juveniles were shot late Sunday evening at the SantaCaliGon event in Independence. All of the victims are expected to survive, according to police. Shortly after 11 p.m. on Sunday night, Independence police used social media to urge families to pick up their children from the festival.

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