An Independence man was found guilty early Saturday in the road rage shooting of a young father-to-be in south Kansas City in 2017.
A jury found John C. Young, 46, guilty of involuntary manslaughter, unlawful use of a weapon, assault, two counts of armed criminal action and tampering with physical evidence, according to the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office. He will be sentenced later.
The shooting happened around 4 p.m. on May 25, 2017, in the area of 104th and Holmes. Kansas City Police who responded on a shooting call found the young man and his pregnant girlfriend. Christopher Hutson, 19, had been shot in the head and died as a result of his injuries. His girlfriend was injured, but was treated at a hospital and released.
The victims had been on their way home after a medical test for her. They became lost in rush-hour traffic and were driving slowly before stopping at a traffic signal, where Young confronted them.
The prosecutor's office said "a driver of a blue vehicle had become upset and yelled, 'Learn to f*****g drive.' The driver of the blue vehicle pulled up next to Hutson’s vehicle and fired shots from a handgun."
Hutson did not have a weapon and said nothing to the defendant, a witness stated. An individual told police that the person driving a blue vehicle in the video released of the reported shooter was John C. Young.
The surviving victim was shown a photo lineup and identified Young as the shooter, and police found blue paint on the victim’s gold vehicle and damage on the defendant’s vehicle consistent with the paint transfer on the victim’s vehicle.