KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 34-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of three people in Kansas City.
Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced the charges Wednesday against Brandon Howell.
He also faces charges of first-degree assault, burglary, car theft and felon in possession of a firearm for critically injuring two others.
Police also said Howell assaulted three people at a north-side motel.
Howell is being held in the Jackson County jail. Kansas court records show he was paroled in 2011 after a conviction for a home invasion in Johnson County, Kansas.
An SUV that went missing from the scene of the shootings was found near the motel.
In 2009, a Jackson County jury acquitted Howell in a double murder that happened in 1998.
Kansas City police are working to determine if a man arrested in the assault of three people at a motel is connected to a triple homicide in another part of the city.
Police say the man was arrested shortly before midnight as he walked along an interstate in north Kansas City. His arrest occurred about two miles from a motel where three people had been assaulted Tuesday afternoon. The victims of the assault were not seriously injured.
Investigators have not positively linked the man to a shooting in a south Kansas City neighborhood earlier Tuesday that left three dead and two wounded. They say in a news release that a vehicle taken from that homicide scene was found within blocks of the motel where the assaults occurred.
Kansas City police say three adults have been shot to death and two others critically wounded in a residential neighborhood in the southern part of the city.
The shootings occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday. Officers found one person dead and two wounded at a home, then discovered two others dead at a nearby residence.
No one was in custody three hours later. Police Sgt. Kari Thompson would not describe the victims or the suspected shooter. She also would not comment on whether the deaths were being investigated as a homicide-suicide.
Police went door-to-door talking to neighbors but said there was no indication of danger to the public.
Officers are looking for a beige 2002 Toyota Highlander, with Missouri license plate KC5-A4X, that was missing from one of the homes.