Longtime owner of Kansas City bar killed

2 years 6 months 3 days ago Monday, December 21 2015 Dec 21, 2015 Monday, December 21, 2015 2:31:31 PM CST December 21, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police are investigating the shooting death of the 83-year-old owner of a well-known Kansas City bar.

Police said James "Jimmy" Townsend's body was found Saturday outside his home. He died from a gunshot wound. Townsend was 83.

The Kansas City Star reports Townsend owned the Green Duck Lounge and Grill for more than 20 years.

The bar was also owned earlier by civil rights leader Leon Jordan, who was killed outside the tavern by a gunman in 1970. Jordan was a co-founder of the political organization Freedom Inc.

The Green Duck was shut down as a public nuisance in 2011 by the Jackson County prosecutor's office after repeated instances of violent crime and drug activity. The business reopened in 2012.

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