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Independence man charged in fatal drive-by shooting in KCMO

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Posted at 5:16 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 18:16:59-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 28-year-old Independence man has been charged with murder in a Nov. 16 drive-by shooting that left a woman dead and a man injured.

The Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office announced Thursday that James Gregory has been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and three counts of armed criminal action.

Kansas City, Missouri, police officers found Michelle P. Capell, 36, dead on a sidewalk about 11:15 p.m. on Monday in the 3440 block of Independence Avenue.

A man at the scene also had been shot, but his wounds were not life-threatening.

The wounded man told police that he and Capell were talking when a car drove by and the driver opened fire, according to a KCPD probable cause statement.

Detectives rounded up video from several cameras in the area, including one from a business near the murder scene showed a dark four-door car with tinted windows drive past.

According to a court document, the video shows what appears to be muzzle flash when the car approaches the victims.

KCPD later determined that the car belonged to Gregory's fiance and investigators found three spent 9-millimeter shell casings inside.

Gregory denied any involvement in the shootings, the court document states.

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