An Independence teenager faces murder charges in the fatal shooting of a man early Sunday outside a gas station on Truman Road near Interstate 435.
Jackson County prosecutors charged Camryn Wilkins, 17, with second-degree murder and armed criminal shooting for allegedly shooting to death Jason Juszcyk, 36, of Independence, outside the Truman Mart gas station at 8301 E. Truman Road in unincorporated Jackson County.
The shooting happened shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday. Deputies nearby who heard the shots found Juszcyk with several gunshot wounds. He died at a nearby hospital.
According to court documents, video surveillance showed Juszcyk and Wilkins, who was with a group of three others, get into an argument. Juszcyk pushed Wilkins up against the wall by the neck before they were separated by another teen. As Wilkins was pushed away, he pulled out a handgun from his jacket pocket, fired once at Juszcyk’s feet and then five more times, hitting his torso and hand. Wilkins and the other three in his group then ran away. Investigators found five shell casings and a live round at the scene.
One witness said Juszcyk had told the group they needed to "get out of there" before the altercation, and another witness said Juszcyk told the group, "That’s my niece. Audrey, get home," and then "I’ll whoop your (butt)" before he went after Wilkins. After the shooting, the first witness said, he heard one of the others say, "Why did you shoot him?" before they all fled.
According to court documents, the stepmother of one person in the group said Juszcyk was her husband’s best friend and she talked on the phone with Wilkins, who confessed to the shooting and said he would turn himself in.
Wilkins, who turns 18 next month, turned himself in Tuesday at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Darryl Forte said. Forte said the store owner of several years described Juszcyk as a regular customer at the gas station.
Prosecutors requested a $250,000/10 percent bond.