Juvenile charged in Kansas City Zoo disturbance

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A disturbance outside the Kansas City Zoo during a free admission day has resulted in charges against a 16-year-old boy.

Jackson County authorities said Tuesday the county juvenile officer charged the youth March 19 with possession of a handgun, misdemeanor disorderly conduct and a probation violation. The boy’s name was not released. He remains in custody pending a juvenile court arraignment April 10.

The charges were filed one day after the zoo offered free admission to residents of Jackson and Clay counties. The offer attracted several thousand more visitors than on a typical Tuesday.

Several fights broke out and shots were fired in the parking as visitors were preparing to leave the zoo. No injuries were reported, and police had not announced an arrest of the gunman as of Tuesday.

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