Crime

Man is accused of shooting into KC bar, killing one and wounding two

Ronald C. Vaughan of Kansas City was charged with first-degree murder, assault, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Ronald C. Vaughan of Kansas City was charged with first-degree murder, assault, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Jackson County prosecutors have accused a 56-year-old man of shooting into a Kansas City bar late Saturday, killing one patron and wounding two others.

Ronald C. Vaughan of Kansas City was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, assault, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm in the shooting death of David Mostaffa, 57, at the bar in the 5300 block of East 24th Street.

According to court records:

Several witnesses told investigators that Vaughan was escorted out of the bar after getting into an altercation. He allegedly reappeared at the bar’s back door about 15 minutes later and fired several gunshots inside.

Bullets wounded three persons, including Mostaffa, who died after being taken to a hospital.

Investigators traced credit card receipt left by the alleged shooter to Vaughan, who confirmed to police he was at the bar that evening.

He told detectives that he bought some drinks and talked to a woman but some “motorcycle,” guys there didn’t like it and attacked him.

He said the bartender broke up the fight, escorted him out the front door and told him to leave.

Vaughan said he went home. He denied returning to the bar with a gun or shooting inside.

He was convicted of rape in 1977 and of injuring someone while driving drunk in 2005, prosecutors said.

To reach Glenn E. Rice, call 816-234-4341 or send email to grice@kcstar.com.

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