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Outside Denmon’s funeral, witnesses said they saw two vehicles circle the block before the occupants opened fire in front of the church as funeral workers prepared to move the casket outside. At least one assault-type rifle was among the guns used, police said.
Police officials said they believe the shooters intended to disrupt the funeral and that the incident appeared connected to the shooting that killed Denmon. The gunmen may have been trying to shoot associates of Marion Denmon but the motive remains under investigation, police said. [...]
Police said some of the people standing in front of the church fired back at the gunmen in the vehicles. Some people from the church also chased the gunmen two and a half blocks away, where they exchanged gunfire near Wheatley Elementary School, 2415 Agnes Ave. Administrators placed Wheatley on lockdown, said Kansas City district spokeswoman Eileen Houston-Stewart. No one was injured and no shots hit the building, she said.