Crime

Couple accused of child abuse in fatal KC gunfight, say they couldn’t find a sitter

Police investigated a quadruple shooting Thursday night in a parking lot at Gregory Boulevard and Prospect Avenue.
Police investigated a quadruple shooting Thursday night in a parking lot at Gregory Boulevard and Prospect Avenue. icummings@kcstar.com

A Belton man and his girlfriend have been charged with child abuse and child endangerment for allegedly firing guns near their children during a drug deal that turned into a quadruple shooting Thursday night in Kansas City.

One man was shot to death, and one of the children was critically wounded. The man and his girlfriend had injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Darrell Roberson, 28, and Roselynn S. Kuntz, 25, each face felony charges, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Sunday.

According to court records:

Police responded to the scene of a shooting behind a Church’s Chicken near Prospect Avenue and Gregory Boulevard. They found a man shot to death in the parking lot and Roberson and Kuntz with two children, 2 and 3 years old. The younger child had a gunshot wound to the head. Roberson and Kuntz also had been wounded.

Kansas City police investigated a shooting Thursday evening that left one dead and three injured, including a child. Police Sgt. Kari Thompson gives a statement.

Roberson reportedly told police he had set up a drug deal with a man he only knew as “D.” Roberson allegedly said he went Church’s Chicken to sell a pound of marijuana. The couple reportedly had two loaded handguns with them inside the Chevrolet Uplander.

Roberson originally was in the front passenger seat of the van but had “D” sit there when he arrived. Roberson moved to the rear seat of the vehicle.

“D” allegedly pulled a handgun and demanded money. Roberson told police he lunged forward and pushed “D’s” handgun down. During struggle, Roberson was shot in the shoulder.

Roberson told police that he fired his gun at “D” but didn’t think he was hit.

Kuntz told police that as Roberson and “D” struggled over a handgun, she noticed her 2-year-old daughter was struck in the head.

During the struggle, Roberson dropped his handgun. Kuntz told police she picked it up and shot “D.” She didn’t know how many times she fired or where she had struck him. The 19-year-old man died from his wounds.

Roberson told police they brought the children because they didn’t have a baby sitter.

When police searched the vehicle, they found three firearms and a large amount of what appeared to be marijuana inside. They also found a large bag of suspected marijuana next to the van.

The intersection at Prospect and Gregory is a high crime area with frequent drug sales and other illegal activity, police said.

A child remains in critical condition following a shooting that one man dead and two adults wounded.

A restaurant manager said police were given surveillance video that may have captured the shooting.

Roberson and Kuntz are being held on $100,000 cash bond each.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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