OLATHE, Kan. — An 18-year-old charged with attempted capital murder following a shooting at Olathe East High School used a ‘ghost gun’ in the shooting, according to county prosecutors.
Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said the gun was bought in a kit, did not include serial numbers, and was untraceable.
Meanwhile, suspect and Olathe East senior Jaylon Elmore remains hospitalized with critical injuries following the shooting.
Howe, said there’s a possibility Elmore could face more charges as the investigation develops, but his biggest question is how the 18-year-old got a hold of a ghost gun.
“There’s too many people who shouldn’t have guns are getting them and it’s a mechanism across this country where violence is being perpetrated by these ghost guns,” Howe said.
Howe said this is a split investigation.
A traditional criminal investigation and a separate investigation by an outside team because the officer fired his weapon.
“You hate to see people impact the rest of their lives by some of this and you wish you can find opportunities for them to change their behavior before they ruin their lives and lives of other individuals,” said Howe.
During a hearing at the Johnson County Courthouse on Monday afternoon, a judge appointed attorney Paul Morrison to represent Elmore.
Morrison declined to comment.
He was also ordered to appear at his next hearing scheduled for March 17.
Both men Elmore is accused of shooting suffered serious injuries but were released from the hospital on Friday.
According to Johnson County court documents, his bond is set at $1 million cash or surety. As conditions of his bond, Elmore would be under house arrest and required to wear a GPS monitor. He also cannot have contact with victims or witnesses connected to the shooting.
This is not the first time Elmore has been in legal trouble. He served six months of probation following a December 2020 incident for aggravated robbery.
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