Man charged in deadly shootings at KCMO gas station, apartment complex

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Posted at 1:21 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 14:21:22-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man was charged Thursday in connection with two deadly shootings at an east Kansas City apartment complex and gas station.

Matthew D. Harris, 43, faces two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action for the crimes he allegedly committed early Wednesday morning.

Officers were called to the apartment complex in the 5300 block of Williamsburg Court on reported shootings.

Police found the first victim, 42-year-old Michael Groves, and Harris there.

Officers were also called to the gas station at 5401 E. Winner Road, where surveillance footage showed a man shooting another victim, 36-year-old Cleveland Fuller III, at the station’s entrance.

The shooter seen in the video was dressed the same as Harris when he was found at the apartment complex, according to a news release from the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Harris was arrested and told police “it started at the gas station...someone shot at me so I shot back,” the prosecutor's office said.

Prosecutors have requested a $400,000 cash bond for Harris.