As the man fired at City Attorney John Hessel, Hessel tried to fight off the attacker by throwing chairs, McNichols said. The shooter then moved behind the desk where the council sits and fired more shots at council members.While it says Hesssel "tried" to fight back, it should say that he "fought back," even if he didn't succeed in killing or disarming the gunman, who was shot by police. They've released the list of victims, and guess what? Hessel's name isn't on it.
"We crawled under the chairs and just laid there," McNichols told ABC's "Good Morning America." "We heard Cookie shooting, and then we heard some shouting, and the police, the Kirkwood police had heard what was going on, and they ran in, and they shot him."[The Associated Press: Gunman's Note: 'The Truth Will Come Out', By CHRISTOPHER LEONARD, February 8, 2008]
The dead are: Police Sgt. Bill Biggs, Officer Tom Ballman, City Councilman Mike Lynch, Councilwoman Connie Karr and Public Works Director Ken Yost.The victims whose photographs I've seen seem to be all white.
Injured in attack were mayor Mike Swaboda and journalist Todd Smith.[www.kansascity.com | 02/08/2008 | Details released on victims, shooting]