A 27-year-old Kansas City man has been charged with six felony counts – including first degree murder – in an April 18 shooting at a convenience store in Kansas City that left a Lee’s Summit boy briefly paralyzed and his father dead.
Dontae D. Jefferson faces charges of murder in the first degree, unlawful use of a weapon – a Class A felony – endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful possession of a firearm and two counts of armed criminal action for his role in the shooting of 10-year-old Ka’Vyea Tyson-Curry, a fourth-grade student at Hazel Grove Elementary School in Lee’s Summit.
Ka’Vyea’s father, Kavyea Curry, was pronounced dead on the scene, while Ka’Vyea continues his recovery at a hospital in Kansas City.
According to court records, eight spent .40 caliber shells were recovered from the scene of the shooting of Curry and his son at a convenience store at 4501 Cleveland in Kansas City. Video surveillance captured the shooter’s vehicle and an associate. Witnesses also identified the dark SUV near the shooting and reported hearing gunshots after Jefferson approached the victim’s vehicle parked at the business. A witness also saw Jefferson put on a dark hoodie before approaching the victim’s vehicle.
According to court records, homicide detectives in Kansas City observed April 23 the suspect’s vehicle near 47th and Prospect Avenue. The detectives recognized the accomplice from the surveillance video from 4501 Cleveland and both men were taken into custody. The owner of the vehicle told police the SUV had been in the possession of Jefferson and a search uncovered a loaded .40 caliber weapon with live ammunition.
Prosecutors have requested a bond of $500,000.