A shooting victim involved in a Kansas City traffic crash that killed a Lee’s Summit man has been charged with illegally possessing a firearm.
Federal prosecutors charged Keith L. Carnes, 26, with being a felon in possession of a firearm after Kansas City police reportedly found a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun in his car at the scene of the Tuesday night wreck at 63rd Street and Prospect Avenue.
According to court documents, Carnes was driving south on Prospect at a high rate of speed when he ran a red light at 63rd Street and collided with a black pickup truck.
The driver of the truck, 24-year-old Patrick Mercer, was killed in the wreck.
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When police officers got to Carnes’ car, he told them he had been shot and had blood on his shirt.
Inside the car, officers found a bag containing about 28 grams of marijuana and the gun on the floorboard, according to court documents.
There was blood on the gun, and a spent shell casing was jammed in the weapon.
Carnes has a prior felony conviction for second-degree assault and cannot legally possess a firearm.