KANSAS CITY -- A female parking lot attendant was shot, and her suspected male assailant was found dead of an apparent suicide, at Lot A outside of Kauffman Stadium prior to Friday night's Royals game vs. the Angels.
"The Kansas City Royals organization is deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred in the parking lot outside of Kauffman Stadium earlier today," the team said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those impacted by this incident, and with respect for those families, we will have no further comment on the matter."
Yellow tape cordoned off the scene around a silver Cadillac in which the dead suspect was found and a golf cart in which the wounded woman was believed to have been riding. The woman was taken to a local hospital where she was reported in critical condition.
Royals officials said the incident would not delay the 7:10 p.m. CT game at the stadium. Fans arriving at the stadium from the east side were encouraged to avoid Gate 2 and enter Gates 3 and 4. Fans entering from the west side would not be affected. Royals spokesman Mike Swanson said that portions of Lot A would remain closed while police continued the investigation.
During the investigation in the parking lot, players from the Royals and Angels continued pregame practice as usual. There were no security concerns.
Police were called to the stadium at 3:23 p.m. CT on Friday to investigate reports of a shooting, according to Sgt. Stacey Graves of the Kansas City Police Department.
"Upon arrival we located a female victim who is an employee of the Royals' stadium. She was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The suspect was located in a vehicle not too far from her, deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The victim is described as a black female in her 40s and the suspect is described as a black male in his 40s," Graves said.
Their identities were not made available.
"It appears there was some type of relationship, but that is still under investigation," Graves said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.