Ruskin student is accused in after-school shooting

Jackson County prosecutors accused a Ruskin High School student of shooting at two other students after school on Tuesday.

They charged Trayell N. Hyche, 18, with two felonies: shooting from a motor vehicle and armed criminal action. He was in jail Thursday on $100,000 bond.

According to court records, a witness in the student parking lot overheard Hyche say that occupants of a silver car had flashed gang signs at him. Hyche tried to follow the car in his sport utility vehicle but got stopped at a red light. He allegedly pulled a gun from the glove compartment, then drove through a neighborhood, looking for the car. He found it had just pulled into a driveway in the 10800 block of Beacon Avenue about eight blocks from the school. As he drove past, he allegedly fired three to four gunshots toward the home. One bullet hit a pillar on the front of the home. The intended victims were not hit.

Police stopped the SUV at Red Bridge Road and Interstate 49 and arrested Hyche, who had three others riding with him.

The crime was the latest in a series involving Ruskin students in recent weeks. Last week, two 15-year-old students leaving the school’s robotics club were robbed at gunpoint of their backpacks and headphones on their walk home. On Wednesday, a gunman fired at a school bus headed to Ruskin after the driver refused to let him board.

Christine Vendel, cvendel@kcstar.com