The began Sunday afternoon after police went to a home to check on an elderly woman whom relatives hadn’t seen for days. The woman was found dead, and her car was missing, Sanders said. Later in the day, an officer spotted the car at a gasoline station, pulled the driver over and was shot in the arm, police said. The officer, whose wound was not life-threatening, returned fire and shattered the window of the car the gunman was driving. The car took off and reports began arriving about 10 to 15 minutes later of shots fired at the shopping center. The man pulled into a parking space and fired at the cars on either side of him, killing two people, authorities said. He fired more shots, wounding at least two people, and then went inside the mall, Sanders said. Police did not say how the elderly woman died or if the gunman was a suspect in her death. But they did say they believed the events were connected. The mall, one of the city’s busiest shopping centers, was shut down, and officers went through each store to see if anyone else might have been involved, Sanders said. KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A man driving a dead woman’s car shot a police officer, then opened fire in a parking lot and a mall Sunday, authorities said. The officer is expected to recover, but the gunman killed two other people and wounded more before he was killed, authorities said. The chaos ended when police shot the gunman to death outside a Target store in the Ward Parkway Center in south Kansas City, police spokesman Tony Sanders said. The gunfire sent shoppers and employees scurrying for cover. Target employee Cassie Bradshaw, 19, of Kansas City was in a break room with two other people when they first heard shots. Then, her co-workers saw a man in his 50s with a rifle “shooting everywhere,” she said. “It sounded like maybe firecrackers at first, but then they got louder and louder and louder, and it sounded like someone shooting a gun,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!