Ice cream truck driver shot repeatedly in Blue Springs

Ice cream truck driver shot repeatedly in Blue Springs
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 4:01pm

Police have found what is believed to be the suspects car in a violent shooting that left an ice cream man clinging to life in Blue Springs.

The 47-year-old man was shot several times about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at 29th and Jackson streets.

Investigators said two men walked up to the ice cream truck to rob the man inside and opened fire. Police are questioning two men in connection with the shooting, but no arrests have been made.

Neighbors are on edge after the shooting.

"Our kids play out here and it is just crazy. It is a quiet neighborhood in Blue Springs. It is just sad," neighbor Shea Reid said.

The driver and his ice cream truck were popular in the area especially among children arriving home from school. Jamy Foss' twins bought ice cream from him a day before the shooting.

"It could have been in my driveway. It could have been in front of my house. It is horrible," Foss said.

Many neighbors on the block shielded their children from the active crime scene a few feet from their lawns. Many of them still are in disbelief that a shooting happened so close to home.

"I moved to Blue Springs so my kids could be in a safer neighborhood and now, I have to re-think that," neighbor Michael Burton said.

The victim was conscious when he was transported to the hospital. He was shot at point blank range in the face and chest. His condition is described as "extremely critical."

If you have any information, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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