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KC man charged with murder in deadly Nov. 15 liquor store shooting

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Posted at 5:13 PM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 18:13:10-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 31-year-old Kansas City man has been charged with murder for a shooting last month outside a liquor store.

The Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that Jhermeil R. Taylor faces one count each of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

According to court documents, Taylor allegedly shot Gerald D. Berry after an altercation outside a liquor store in the 7500 block of East 87th Street.

Police were called to the scene shortly before midnight on Nov. 15 and found Berry dead from a gunshot wound.

Surveillance video from the store appeared to show Berry raise a hand in an attempt to calm an ongoing argument before throwing a punch at Taylor.

At that point, Taylor pulled a gun and shot Berry before the two exchanged more gunfire as Taylor fled the scene.

A witness said Taylor, who is being held on a $250,000 bond, was threatening multiple people before the deadly shooting.