For the second time in a year, a free day at the Kansas City Zoo led to a disturbance. This time, it involved gunfire and multiple arrests.
KSHB, our NBC affiliate in Kansas City, reported Tuesday night that police officers heard gunfire. As they approached, large crowds were trying to leave the zoo and fights broke out.. The officers were unable to identify anyone who fired gunshots.
The park was offering free admission Tuesday to residents of Jackson and Clay Counties in Missouri. After a disturbance last year, the zoo decided it was best to move the free day offer to a weekday this year to keep the event safe and keep capacity down. However on Tuesday, 19,000 visitors showed up when the zoo was prepared to have only 15,000 guests.
In a statement Tuesday night, the zoo said, “Unfortunately, a handful of unruly guests marred the day when pushing and shoving created disruptions inside the zoo. A majority of the events covered by the media took place outside of the zoo, particularly the shot which was fired west of Starlight (the outdoor theatre near the zoo).” According to the zoo, 10 people were arrested in separate incidents.