Girl witnesses father’s murder during Craigslist deal

Jake Brantner (KCTV via CNN)

KANSAS CITY, MO (WCMH) – A father was gunned down Sunday night, as his 10-year-old daughter witnessed the entire incident from the front seat of his car.

It happened around 8:30pm Sunday as 39-year-old Jake Brantner met someone in a parking lot to sell a handgun. Brantner’s friends told KCTV that this was likely a Craigslist deal gone wrong.

A witness said he took cover along with several others as the shooting started. “It was surreal… (heavy sigh) Am I really hearing this? Am I really seeing this,” the witness said.

The witness, who did not want to be identified, told KCTV he thought Brantner may have fired back in self-defense.  Police said he still had a gun in his hand when he was shot.

“The last person you’d ever think of something like that happening to,” said Brantner’s neighbor, Daniel Holdcraft.

Holdcraft said Brantner was a great person and a talented automotive specialist.

No arrests have been made in the case.

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