Man charged in shooting, ax attack that ‘terrorized’ Kansas City neighborhood

A Kansas City man is facing five felony charges after he allegedly shot and critically injured a man, threatened others with an ax and then pointed the gun at officers in the Northland Wednesday night.

Charles A. Parker, 37, is charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest, records filed in Clay County Circuit Court show. He was arrested Wednesday after Kansas City officers responded to calls about a man shooting a gun and threatening people at random in the River View neighborhood.

According to the charges, Kansas City police were dispatched around 6:45 p.m. in the 3800 block of North Flora Avenue for a disturbance involving a person armed with a gun. Upon arriving at the scene, officers were informed that a man was shooting in the area.

Responding officers found a gunshot victim, who was critically injured, in a shed in the backyard of a residence there. As the ambulance was still responding, the man told them he had been attacked by a suspect with a gun and had struggled with him before he was shot.

The shooting victim, who suffered wounds to the abdomen, chest and left ear, told police the man had stolen an ax from the shed before fleeing on foot.

Officers responded a few blocks away on Wayne Avenue as additional information came in that the armed suspect was walking there and threatening others. The suspect, later identified by authorities as Parker, reportedly hid behind a parked vehicle and pointed a gun at officers for several minutes before surrendering.

Other neighbors reported seeing Parker being erratic and violent. Some of the witnesses reported that they were outside with their children in the front yard as Parker circled, holding a gun, and heard gunshots.

A man reported to police that he approached Parker, who was walking with a handgun and an ax, to ask what he was doing. Parker allegedly replied, “(Redacted) you,” and then swung the ax at him several times.

Another witness reported that they were in the backyard when Parker suddenly appeared there holding the weapons. He told police that Parker pointed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger three times, although the gun did not fire, and he was able to get away by throwing a box of pottery at him.

Near the scene of the shooting, police investigated a Pontiac parked in the street near a stop sign with the door ajar. The vehicle had several spent shell casings in and around it. Other shell casings were found by crime scene investigators near where a man was shot.

Parker was transported to the East Patrol Station for booking. He refused to speak to detectives outside of an attorney’s presence, court documents say.

Court records do not list a defense attorney for Parker who could speak on his behalf.

In a plea to keep Parker in jail on a high bond, a Kansas State Police detective wrote in court documents that he presented a clear danger to the community, saying he was “terrorizing an entire neighborhood” on Wednesday. He added that the only reason no one else was shot that day was because Parker’s gun malfunctioned.

Records showed Parker was being held at the Jackson County Jail as of Friday night. He was held on $150,000 bond.

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