Lee’s Summit Police Officer Killed At Westport Party

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

A Lee’s Summit Police officer and a woman were shot on Sunday,Lee's Summit police
Aug. 20, at the Californos resturant in Westport. The police officer died at the scene later.

Officer Thomas Orr Jr., 30, died at the scene after being struck by a stray bullet while enjoying music and the atmosphere at the
restaurant.

Only three witnesses of the estimated 20 people that may have been in attendance on the patio area, where the shooting may have taken place, have talked to police about what they observed.
More than likely, according to sources that were there, there were not 200 people present at the time of the shooting because the club had closed and people were leaving.

According Terry Burns, owner of the restaurant, the trouble started when a large man, at least 6 feet tall and 250 pounds, punched a thinner man and ran.

As he ran toward the exit, the man turned and fired a gun into the crowd.

Police think the shooter left the scene with three other people. Chris Johnson, who was raised in Kansas City, but now lives in California, was at the party and attempted to save Orr’s life, but couldn’t. He told THE CALL that some of the media accounts are inaccurate.

“I had been invited to attend the party by a couple of friends,” Johnson said.

“At the time of the shooting there was no way that 200 people could have seen anything, because the patio area only seats about 20 people. Officer Orr could have very well had his back turned to the shooter because his back was turned and by the time I got to him he was slumped over in the seat. So, I went over and checked on him and I began to administer first-aide to him,” he said.

“The owners of the club and workers made sure that I had plenty of towels so that we could maintain pressure on the wound. I thought at first that he had only been shot in the shoulder. I later found out that there was another fatal wound that we did not see that killed him, an officer told us,” Johnson said.

“Evidently there had been a fight that broke out between this guy that we had seen fall down the stairs that may have been hit by someone and knocked down. He appeared to get up and run some more. Then, we heard gunshots. I made my way back onto the patio and that is when I saw Officer Orr,” he said.

There were several things that Johnson said disturbed him during the process. One was that he almost got arrested and the other was that officers did not appear to be too responsive until they learned that Orr was a fellow officer.

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SHRINERS PAINT THE TOWN

ShrinersThe Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of North and South America and its jurisdiction hosted its Imperial session here in Kansas City which began on Friday, Aug. 18 and ended Thursday, Aug 24. The week long conference featured an election and several workshops addressing youth education, diabetes, and several parades. The Shriners spent an estimated $18 million in hotels, restaurants and other stores. —
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Fezzes Take Over The Town, Welcome Shriners!

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.Dr. Alicia J. Chism
CALL Staff Writer

The Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Noble Mystic Shrine of North and South America and its jurisdictions (A.E.A.O.N.M.S.) will be hosting its Imperial session from August 18-24, at the Kansas City Convention center under the leadership of the 42nd Imperial Potentate Carl D. Parker and the 45th Imperial Commandress Dr. Alicia J. Chism.

The local hosts from Missouri’s Allah Temple # 6, the Illustrious Potentate Melvin Hawkins and Allah Court # 6, the Illustrious Commandress Fonda Elliott.

Bartle Hall will include paid attendees, exhibitors, presenters, staff and media. The convention is expected to generate a $20 million economic impact to the Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas area. An estimated 20,000 Shiners and Daughters, as well as their guests will spend money on hotels, food and gas expenses, shopping and philanthropic endeavors.

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