A blood stain on a sweatshirt and bloody footprints linked a 20-year-old man to the shooting deaths of three of his friends in September in Kansas City, according to court records released Tuesday.
Jackson County prosecutors charged Michael C. Bruce of Kansas City with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of armed criminal action in connection with the killings of Phillip Hall, 23, Raymond Hill, 20, and Stacy Roberson, 21, on Sept. 18 inside an apartment in the 900 block of East Linwood Boulevard.
Police were looking for a second suspect.
Court records said witnesses heard gunshots and saw two men run out of the apartment building. One wore a red sweatshirt. A witness identified him as Bruce and said he also had on red and black Air Griffey athletic shoes. The shoe pattern for Air Griffeys matched bloody footprints that left a distinct pattern in the apartment and leading out of the building, according to court records.
Police also linked a .45-caliber gun magazine left at the murder scene to Bruce, according to the records.
Bruce told police he was at the murder scene but denied participating in the killings. He said he was in the hallway and fled when he heard gunshots. He said he shed his red sweatshirt and lost his cellphone and shoes as he ran through a field to his aunt’s house. He later led police to the sweatshirt, which contained blood on a cuff that matched Hall’s DNA, court records said.
Video surveillance from a nearby gas station shortly after the shooting showed Bruce using his cellphone and wearing his Air Griffeys past the location where he said he lost those items, according to court records. The video showed Bruce lifting his shoes and inspecting the bottoms, the records said.
Investigators said they don’t know what prompted the shootings.