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Kansas City man charged in shooting Monday at city park

Man suffers critical injuries in shooting in the 400 block of S. Benton Street

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A 21-year-old Kansas City man is accused of shooting a man at a city park Monday and leaving him in critical condition.

Rathell Q. Ross is charged with assault and armed criminal action in connection with the shooting shortly after 1:30 p.m. Monday at Oak Park, near 44th Street and South Benton Avenue.

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At a hospital, the victim identified Ross as one of the people who shot him. He said he had met up with Ross and another suspect to sell marijuana at the park, but they shot him instead. The victim thought he had been robbed, but his wallet was recovered, police said.

A witness helped police follow the trail of two suspects who fled the scene of the shooting. Ross was arrested nearby on outstanding warrants.

Surveillance video captured the movements of the victim and the two suspects alongside a basketball court in the park in the moments leading up to the shooting. The video did not capture the shooting itself.

Investigators found two handguns and an ammunition magazine near where the shooting suspects fled.

When Ross was interviewed by detectives, he denied any involvement in, or knowledge of, the shooting.

He is being held at the Jackson County jail on a $100,000 bond.

Michael Mansur, a spokesman for the Jackson County Prosecutor, said the case remains under investigation.

Ross has spent time in prison in Missouri after being convicted of tampering with a vehicle, endangering a child, resisting arrest and unlawful use of a weapon. He is also facing a robbery charge in a 2015 case.

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