KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Charges were filed against a 27-year-old man, accused of firing eight shots into a car on Friday, April 18, killing the father inside and injuring his ten-year-old son.
Following pleas for help and answers from the family of two shooting victims, police arrested Dontae Jefferson, 27.
He currently faces six charges in the murder of Ka’Vyea Curry and for the critical injuries suffered by his 10-year-old son, Ka’Vyea Tyson.
Court records indicate Jefferson has been charged with first-degree murder, endangering the welfare of a child, discharging a firearm at or from a motor vehicle, two counts of armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.
The shooting happened on the night of Friday, April 18 and police say Jefferson approached a car that Curry, his son and five-year-old friend were in at a BP gas station at 45th and Cleveland.
Police said Jefferson fired eight shots into the vehicle, killing Curry and striking his son with two bullets, one in the arm and one in the lung. The younger Ka’Vyea remains in critical condition at Children’s Mercy Hospital. The five-year-old friend was in the backseat and spared of injuries, but is undergoing counseling after being traumatized.
A probable cause statement indicates surveillance video from the gas station 30 minutes before the shooting revealed a black Chevrolet Tahoe arriving to the gas station. Jefferson was seen to be the driver and both he and another man were seen going inside the gas station.
They remained in the store, and as the victims later went inside the gas station, Jefferson was allegedly seen exiting the store and going back to the Tahoe, putting on a hoodie, and then walking towards the gas pumps where the victim’s car was located. He’s then accused of firing a handgun into the driver’s side of Ka’Vyea Curry’s vehicle.
Jefferson then reportedly left on foot back towards the Tahoe, where the other man had started driving on Cleveland Avenue and a witness said the Tahoe drove off. A Tahoe matching the description of the one seen on surveillance video was located by police on Wednesday at a business in the 3000 block of Prospect around 3 p.m., reportedly driven to that location by Jefferson and the man he was with the night of the shooting.
Detectives who saw the Tahoe also saw Jefferson standing outside the business, noting he matched the description of the shooter. Court documents say that the Tahoe was driven away by another unknown man and police lost sight of it as Jefferson began walking northbound on Prospect.
At the same time, detectives also saw a black male who matched the description of the man with Jefferson the night of the shooting, walking in the same area as Jefferson but not with him.
Officers detained both the black male and Jefferson; police later found the Tahoe at 27th and Prospect occupied by the man who had driven it away. He later told police that Jefferson had told him he saw police in the area and instructed him to drive the Tahoe to 27th and Prospect without giving any reason. He identified Jefferson using photos developed from the surveillance video and also positively identified the black male Jefferson was with as the same man police had detained.
That man was interviewed by police and told them that he and Jefferson had gone to the BP gas station last Friday night and confirmed they were the men seen in the surveillance video. He told detectives that Jefferson exited the store, put on a hoodie and approached the gas pumps.
Then he said he heard multiple gunshots and saw Jefferson running towards the Tahoe he was driving. He said once Jefferson was in the car he was ordered to get in the passenger seat and Jefferson drove the SUV away.
He said Jefferson tossed the hoodie out after the shooting on 71 Highway, but knew he still had a handgun in his possession when they were arrested Wednesday. Officers who searched the Tahoe had found a fully loaded .40 caliber handgun with a live round in the chamber located underneath a cup holder in the Tahoe.
Jefferson is currently in custody at the Kansas City Jail and is being held on a $500,000 bond according to online court records. His first court date has not been listed at this time.