Crime

Kansas City man, woman face charges for shooting at occupied minivan

A man and a woman face felony charges after a dispute between neighbors led to a shooting Monday morning in Kansas City.

The shooting was reported shortly after 11 a.m. Monday in a Northland neighborhood in the 4400 block of Northeast Kelsey Road.

Michael G. Desmond, 35, is accused of firing an assault rifle at a minivan parked in front of a neighbor’s house, according to court records. The van was occupied by two women and two children.

Clay County prosecutors charged Desmond with unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.

Jolene G. Busser, 33, was arrested with Desmond and charged with unlawful use of a weapon.

The occupants of the van, a 23-year-old woman and a 31-year-old woman, told police they were about to take the children to school when Desmond, wearing a tactical vest and armed with a handgun and a rifle, approached the van, fired a shot into it and yelled “Get out of the car.” Desmond also was carrying handcuffs and pepper spray.

One of the women got out of the van, while the other drove away with the children, ages 8 and 5. A witness said Busser pointed a handgun at the women.

Police found three spent shell casings from the assault rifle at the scene. When officers arrested Desmond and Busser, Desmond was armed with a rifle and a handgun and Busser was armed with a handgun.

Desmond told police he had “ongoing issues” with the neighbors and feared for his safety Monday when the shooting occurred.

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