Suspect faces 15 charges, including murder, from shooting spree at 10th and Monroe

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Scene of a homicide near 10th and Monroe where a victim was shot to death on December 28, 2015. (Photo: Mario Vazquez/WDAF-TV)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office filed 15 charges against a suspect from Kansas City on Thursday related to a series of crimes that happened in the area of 10th and Monroe on Monday, including a shooting that killed 17-year-old Gabriel Avila.

Vince Jackson is charged with second-degree murder, seven counts of armed criminal action, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of first-degree assault, shooting into a car, robbery and burglary.

A news release from the prosecutor’s office says that Jackson was among a group of men that intruded with guns into a home where a man and seven kids were inside. While there, the group allegedly fired shots inside the home, beat some of the kids with guns, and fired shots outside that fatally wounded Avila, and hit the driver of another passing vehicle in the foot, hospitalizing that victim.

According to a probable cause statement, police found Avila inside a car with a gunshot wound to the head, and he was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Witnesses told officers that three or four men had forced their way inside a nearby home on Monroe, and officers found that someone had kicked in the door.

A teenager who was inside told police that three black men broke into the home, and one of the men was dressed in all black and armed with an AK-47 and hit him in the head, requiring seven stitches. That teen identified the man with the AK-47 as “Big Vince” and identified Jackson in a photo.

A 10-year-old in the home also said he was hit in the head with a gun by Jackson and had to get stitches, and a 15-year-old said he was punched in the face by one of the men. The 15-year-old said one of the men grabbed a Playstation 4 gaming system from the living room.

Inside the home and in the street investigators found 16 spent shell casings. Projectiles were also found in two separate homes on Monroe and on Askew, including a home where a toddler was inside with three adults.

The suspect’s age is unclear. Two different possible ages are listed in the news release that both differ from a birth date on the criminal complaint. Based on the given details and dates, Jackson could be anywhere from 17 to 27. FOX 4 is awaiting clarification about that detail.

Jackson was arrested on Wednesday and refused to give an interview to police on Thursday without his mother or an attorney present according to court documents. The prosecutor’s office has requested a cash bond of $1 million.