A Kansas City teenager has been charged in the deaths earlier this year of two men who may have been the mistaken targets of a revenge shooting.
Jackson County prosecutors said Wednesday that they charged 18-year-old Ra’mond Taylor with two counts of second-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.
Rollonn Gordon, 21, and Deon Drew, 33, were in a vehicle stopped at a traffic signal at Blue Parkway and Hardesty Avenue on Jan. 14 when a silver Hyundai pulled alongside and its occupants fired multiple shots at them. A third person in their vehicle was injured.
The Hyundai, which had been reported stolen in Overland Park, later was found burned in the 3800 block of East 60th Terrace. Shell casings found inside the car matched shell casings found at the homicide scene, according to court documents.
The shell casings also matched ones recovered at the scenes of two non-fatal shootings in Raytown last year. The victim in those shootings reportedly drove a vehicle similar to the one Gordon and Drew were in when they were shot, according to court documents.
A relative of Taylor had been killed in August 2012. According to witnesses, Taylor and his associates were known to drive around armed on “revenge days,” when they were looking for those who killed his relative.
Several days after Drew and Gordon were killed, the owner of the stolen Hyundai received a call from an Independence hotel about insurance and registration information for the car that had been found in a room there. The owner told police that she had never been there.
According to hotel records, Taylor had paid for that room with his debit card on the night of the double killing.
Police detectives determined from phone records and GPS technology that Taylor was in the vicinity of the killings when they happened, court documents say.