Kansas City man charged with murder in Troost Market shooting

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Surveillance photos shared by police have resulted in charges Thursday in the Jan. 4 fatal shooting outside the Troost Market in south-central Kansas City.

Gregory Jefferson III is charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with second-degree murder in the killing of 23-year-old Airrin P. Scott.

Jefferson, 22, of Kansas City, was also charged with armed criminal action.

Footage from the store’s surveillance cameras at 8001 Troost Ave. captured images of both the victim and the alleged attacker inside the store and also showed them arguing in the store and then getting into an altercation in the parking lot.

Witnesses told police they saw Scott get shot in the parking lot, each saying they heard a single gun shot, and that the shooter fled into the nearby Waldo Heights apartment complex.

Police distributed through local media photos from inside the store of the man later identified as Jefferson. A tipster called police, saying the man was Jefferson.

On Wednesday, police found Jefferson in an apartment in the 9300 block of Bales Avenue and took him into custody without incident.

According to court documents, Jefferson admitted that he was the man seen in the surveillance photos, but he denied having an altercation or shooting the victim.

Prosecutors requested a $100,000 cash bond.

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Tony Rizzo covers federal and state courts for The Kansas City Star, where he has been a reporter for more than 30 years. He is a Kansas City native and veteran of the U.S. Army.