KANSAS CITY, MO – Disturbing video, recorded by onlookers, has surfaced that showed two 12-year-old cousins brutally attacked by a group of older teens at a Missouri theme park earlier in June.
While authorities are investigating the incident, the parents of these young girls are questioning where the security for the theme park was when their children were being brutalized for roughly six minutes.
12-year-old cousins brutally attacked at Worlds of Fun, leaving Kansas City moms livid https://t.co/RuEdATBVpZ
— FOX4 News (@fox4kc) June 8, 2021
Two 12-year-old cousins were at the Worlds of Fun on June 5th, accompanied by their grandmother, when a viscous attack lodged against the young girls lasting roughly six minutes was caught on video.
Sisters Chaunell and Chauntell Tillman, the mothers of these girls, learned of the attack the day it happened, but were horrified to see video of the incident crop up on social media that was filmed by onlookers.
Chaunell Tillman spoke about the footage she saw in the video of her daughter being pummeled by a group of several older teens, saying:
“She’s just defenseless. She did everything she could. She was definitely defending herself on the ground. So I felt like life left my body at that moment. I felt like my soul left because my job as a parent is to protect my child and I wasn’t there to do that.”
The young girls didn’t know who their attackers were personally, having called their parents over a Facetime after the incident and telling their mothers that they’d been jumped. Chauntell Tillman described her feelings when seeing her daughter’s battered face:
“And her face was all swollen, red, and it was like cuts on her, scratched up on her arms and her legs. I was just livid. Like oh my, I just could believe it.”
The footage from the incident is certainly disturbing, as the victims can be seen getting dragged by their hang, having their faces punched and stomped on. Chaunell Tillman considers it a miracle that her daughter is still alive:
“For three minutes, she stood up getting punched in the head. Three minutes she got kicked in her face and her head, so I’m very blessed to say that she is still here.”
Both of the sisters were questioning where park security was during the six minute attack. Chaunell Tillman was particularly incensed over those who simply recorded their daughters being beaten, while commending the bystander that came in and managed to help the young girls:
“Black people stood around and was recording it and watching them, laughing. A white woman saved my child’s life, and I thank her. And I hope she is watching this today, and I hope that I see her in court so I can give her a hug.”
Worlds of Fun issued a statement on the matter, alleging that security responded “immediately” to the beating that went on for roughly six minutes:
“Park security and off-duty local law enforcement personnel responded immediately and appropriately. We are cooperating fully with local law enforcement in their investigation.”
The Tillman sisters are hoping arrests are made and proper charges are levied in the case.
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In other reports coming out of Missouri, officers came under fire after happening upon a rolling gun battle in St. Louis earlier in June.
Here’s that previous report.
ST LOUIS, MO – According to officials, two St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers that were in an unmarked vehicle during the early morning hours of June 10th happened to stumble upon – and then got mixed into – a gun battle between two groups at a gas station.
Despite one witness claiming to have heard as many as 100 gunshots exchanged, no one was injured.
‘It sounded like a war’: Police involved in shoot-out overnight in St. Louis.
This is the second time SLMPD officers were fired upon within a 24 hour period. Story by @RyanDeanKSDK https://t.co/rPh3aqXvnv via @ksdknews
— Christine Byers (@ChristineDByers) June 10, 2021
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Colonel Mary Warnecke said that the two officers in an unmarked vehicle were in the area of Lillian and Goodfellow at approximately 1:00 a.m. on June 10th and observed a group of people arguing at a BP gas station.
As the group left the gas station in two separate vehicles, the officers observed occupants from each vehicle begin to shoot at one another.
Then, the officers inside the unmarked vehicle somehow became a target of the gunfire amid the chaos.
According to the report furnished by the officers, there was a male subject on the sidewalk that was shooting at both of the vehicles that were firing at one another. This male subject also started shooting at the unmarked police vehicle.
The officers parked and exited their vehicle, at which point the man on the sidewalk started to further directly fire at the officers. Officials say that while the vehicle was unmarked, the officers were wearing ballistics vests with the word “POLICE” clearly emblazoned on them.
Lt. Colonel Warnecke commented on that aspect, stating:
“We believe they were obviously shooting at police officers, once they announced themselves, identified themselves and they could see those officers, it was quite obvious they were police officers and they continued to take fire.”
The two officers exchanged gunfire with the subject, but ultimately no one was hurt during the incident, which Lt. Colonel Warnecke said was “very fortunate.”
Officials say that the suspect had reportedly driven away from the scene of the shooting but was later apprehended by police. The suspect has not been identified by name, with officials only stating that the suspect is a 29-year-old male.
Charges against the unnamed suspect are pending, as the SLMPD are in the process of requesting them from the circuit attorney’s office.
The overnight shooting from June 10th marked the second officer-involved shooting for the SLMPD in a roughly 12-hours period.
During the afternoon of June 9th, undercover officers with the Anti-Crime Task Force became the target of gunfire while they were tailing an SUV with expired temporary tags while inside of an unmarked vehicle.
Police officials say that the driver of the SUV made a U-turn in the 2200 block of Jefferson Avenue, and while passing the unmarked vehicle, a suspect inside of the SUV came out from the sunroof and opened fire on the unmarked vehicle.
One of the undercover officers fired back at the male suspect but didn’t hit him.
The officers hit their lights and pursued the suspects, where officials say the pursuit eventually ended near Memorial and Pine. Two suspects, identified only as a 17-year-old male and a 23-year-old male, were taken into custody.
A firearm as well as a “drum” magazine were recovered from the suspects’ vehicle. Despite the exchanged gunfire between officers and the suspects, officials say that no one was injured in the incident.
Charges against the suspects involved are also pending as of this time.
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