Parents Shot in Front of Their 16-Year-Son as They Try to Buy Him a Car

What was supposed to be a happy, memorable day for one Kansas City teenager quickly turned into the worst day of his life when his parents were shot while trying to buying him a car.

The teen's 53-year-old father and his 55-year-old mother responded to a Craigslist ad listing a 2007 Hyundai Sonata for $3,000 -- which they probably figured was the perfect first car for their 16-year-old son. But when the trio met up with the seller to test drive and consider the vehicle, the senseless thing that happened next would forever change their lives.

The teen and his dad -- whose names haven't been released -- had just finished test driving the car with a third suspect named "AJ" when two gunmen allegedly appeared and demanded that the man and and his wife turn over all of their money. The father reportedly stepped in front of his wife to protect her after one of the men pointed his gun in her direction -- and that's when the men began firing.

The father was shot four times -- in the chest, stomach, and legs. His wife suffered a bullet to her upper right arm, which was said to be "shattered" after the incident. The armed robbers then reportedly stole the wife's purse and fled in the Hyundai -- which police later found abandoned on the side of a road.

Fortunately, the couple's teen son was not hurt -- physically -- though, needless to say, witnessing his parents being shot is very likely going to affect him for years to come.

The suspects haven't been caught yet, but police believe there may be a link between this crime and one that took place a few hours earlier, in which a man reported being robbed by armed gunmen after he attempted to sell his Xbox and accessories on Craigslist.

How disgusting. This was supposed to be a really sweet moment for the teen -- a coming-of-age story. Thank goodness the three victims who fell prey to this alleged Craigslist scheme survived. Hoping the cops find these suspects soon so they can face the consequences of their actions.

Have you ever met up with anyone you made contact with through a Craiglist ad?


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Jozemom Jozemom

This is terrible! That poor family :( 

i have bought things on Craigslist (including my daughters Beatrix Potter nursery set which was extremely hard to find).  Bad things can happen anywhere unfortunately, it can't keep us from living normal lives. That being said, it's always good to take precautions when using craigslist,  like never go alone to pick something up, meet them in a public place etc.

sylph... sylph_ironlight

Reminds me of the Tim Bosma story from Ontario. He was selling his truck and 2 guys showed up asking about a test drive. He never came home. They found his body weeks later burned beyond recognition.

2cent... 2centsCDN

^^ I was thinking the same thing sylph, happened not far from where I live.

ducklove ducklove

How terribly awful and sad. Peoples are gross. Make your own money instead of bein trashy thugs

00NoW... 00NoWay00

I have, but it was in a very public place. It's sad that there is such scum in the world.

IHear... IHeartCake

I hope they catch them and that they serve true life-imprisonment terms. 

Torra... TorranceMom

Anytime I meet up with with someone on CL, I tell the buyer/seller that my husband might be the one handling the transaction. I tell them that he'll be on his way to work & that they should look for a uniformed officer in a cop car. My hope is that this little smokescreen will weed out the weirdos. I haven't had any problems (yet) & we buy/sell quite a bit on CL.

nonmember avatar Emma

Yes my husband responds to craigslist all the time he is always selling car parts. It makes me very nervous but as long as someone is with him I feel better.

Kathy Ayers

anyone buying anything from Craigslist and not realizing taking $3000 with them is just plain dumb needs to stay home next time.
People need to wake up, America is not the same anymore. Thugs, wannabes are out for anything free, including your money. So glad these people were not killed though their physical being will never be the same. Much pain and recuperation will be needed. I'm sure their son will be by their sides.

Jim Tobin

Did he get a car in the end?

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