A Belton man was recently charged with multiple felonies after he allegedly shot another man from his car following an argument over an ex-girlfriend.
The Cass County prosecutor’s office charged Charles M. Sampson, 30, with unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree assault, and armed criminal action in October. Sampson was taken to the Cass County jail on Nov. 1 and a judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf Nov. 7 in Cass County Circuit Court.
According to a probable cause statement, police went to an apartment in the 500 block of Third Street in Belton on the night of Oct. 18 for a call about shots fired.
Belton police officers found a male victim on the floor of the apartment, bleeding from the top of his head. Police said the victim had at least three puncture wounds from pellets.
The victim identified the alleged shooter as Sampson and told police he believed he was shot because Sampson thought the victim was involved with Sampson’s ex-girlfriend.
Court records said Sampson allegedly shot the victim from his car and then fled the scene.
At least two witnesses reported seeing the shooting, including a former girlfriend of the defendant. The witnesses said Sampson drove up to the apartment in a dark-colored car, pointed a gun out of the driver’s side window, and fired one shot into the home.
The alleged incident stemmed from an argument over harassing messages Sampson was sending to the ex-girlfriend, witnesses said.
Another witness, who said she was with the defendant before the shooting Oct. 18, said Sampson drove by the the apartment on Third Street and picked up an unknown individual, who allegedly sold Sampson a sawed off 20-gauge shotgun for less than $30.
Police believe the gun might have been the same one used in an “accidental” shooting that was reported in Grandview, court records said.
Kansas City police arrested Sampson on Oct. 25 after he was found with a stolen vehicle from Belton.
During an interview with police, Sampson said he was having problems with his ex-girlfriend and threatened the victim on the day of the shooting, but said he wasn’t near the apartment and didn’t shoot the victim. Sampson called the incident “one big coincidence,” court records said.
The defendant also denied owning a shotgun or buying a shotgun.
After charges in the Cass County shooting were filed, Sampson was transferred from the Jackson County jail, where he was being held after his arrest for the stolen vehicle. He remained in Cass County jail with bail set at $100,000, cash only.
A case review is scheduled Jan. 18