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Charges filed in killing outside south Kansas City liquor store

Updated: 2013-01-17T05:42:34Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

Jackson County prosecutors on Wednesday accused a 23-year-old man of shooting another man in the back during a disturbance in a liquor store parking lot Tuesday night.

Prosecutors charged Raymond M. Douglas with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of De’Mon M. Woolridge, 24, of Kansas City.

The shooting occurred about 7:30 p.m. outside Holiday Liquors at 75th Street and Troost Avenue.

According to court records, Douglas and some friends drove to the store to buy alcohol. Douglas and another man went inside while a third man and a woman waited in the car.

Meanwhile, Woolridge and some friends pulled up in a car and parked behind them.

Woolridge and the friends knew the woman in the car, police said, and had previous disputes with her. They pounded on the car and cursed and taunted her, police said.

When Douglas exited the store, Woolridge allegedly rushed to tackle him. Woolridge then ran from Douglas, who allegedly shot him.

Witnesses told police the men had separated before the shooter pulled his gun and fired.

Douglas left in Woolridge’s car.

People at the scene gave police Douglas’ address near 72nd Street and Lydia Avenue, where police found Woolridge’s car parked across the street. After a standoff with police, several people surrendered, including Douglas.

According to one of the people arrested, Douglas said, “Lord, help me. I messed up,” before surrendering, according to court records.

Inside the home, police found a Ruger 9 mm handgun hidden above a basement ceiling. Police found a single 9 mm shell casing at the scene of the killing.

Although police initially investigated the killing as a possible fatal carjacking, police said Douglas simply fled in the victim’s car because his ride left him behind.

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to cvendel@kcstar.com.

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