An Independence man faces charges after the shooting of a couple early Tuesday morning in the driveway of their home.
Both shooting victims were initially reported in critical condition.
Jeffrey E. Wahl, 69, faces two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action. His bond was set at $500,000. The assault charges each carry possible prison terms of 10 to 30 years, and the armed criminal action charges each carry sentences of at least three years in prison with no parole or probation.
The victims live in the 300 block of Farmer, between Osage and Spring streets north of the Square. Independence Police say Wahl, who lives a few houses away, went to their front door at 6:22 a.m. and rang the doorbell, intending to confront Carl Bryant about his vehicles with handicap parking stickers.
“Yes, there was some connection and some dispute between them – some previous dispute,” police spokesman Tom Gentry said.
Bryant answered the door holding a handgun, police said. Wahl attacked and overpowered Bryant. They struggled outside the house. Pamela Bryant went outside to help her husband. Wahl got the gun and shot them both. He later told police he did not mean to shoot Pamela Bryant but that she might have gotten between the two men.
He tossed the gun and went to his home, police said.
Police responded to a 911 call of shots fired.
“When we got there, we found two individuals laying in the driveway ...” said Gentry.
One was able to give police some information before both were taken to Centerpoint Medical Center.
Police surrounded Wahl’s home and ordered him to come out, which he did after what police called a short barricade.
Police say the shooting is still under investigation, and they ask anyone with information that might help to call the Police Department at 816-325-7852.