KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An arrest has been made in the shootings at a Kansas City gas station that killed a 34-year-old man and critically injured his 10-year-old son.
Prosecutors have announced charges against Dontae Jefferson in connection with the shootings Friday at the BP station near 45th Street and Cleveland Avenue. Jefferson, 27, has been charged with six felony counts including first-degree murder. Prosecutors have asked that his bail be set at $500,000.
"This is a case that really strikes at the heart of a community. When the murder of a father happens in front of two children with no regard for the safety of the children in the car, in a busy gas station parking lot, that is a case where the community cannot remain silent," said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.
Ka'Vyea Curry was killed after he returned to his car after going inside the store. His son, Ka'Vyea Tyson, was critically injured. Doctors had to perform emergency surgery to remove fluid from his lungs this week, but his family is hopeful that he will make a full recovery.
Earlier this week, police and prosecutors expressed frustration that few tips in the case had come in. Investigators said several people witnessed the shooting but left the scene before officers arrived. Police released security camera video of the gunman approaching the car.
Police said they arrested Jefferson and another man on Wednesday after observing his vehicle in the area of 47th Street and Prospect Avenue. They said they found a loaded gun in the vehicle.
Baker praised the Kansas City Police Department for its work in the case and the effort that detectives gave to support the family and bring about an arrest. She urged the public to continue to pray for Ka'Vyea Tyson's recovery.
Ka'Vyea Tyson's family said his medical expenses are piling up. Family members set up a fund through Bank of America, and anyone wishing to contribute can do so at any branch by designating funds to the Ka'Vyea Buddha Tyson-Curry Foundation.