I-49 shooting leaves 2 injured, 2 charged

I 49 Shooting Leaves 2 Injured 2 Charged
KOAM Image/Photos from Cass County Police Department

CASS COUNTY, Mo. – Prosecutors file charges after an I-49 shooting leaves two Carthage residents injured.

Emergency personnel took the victims, a 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old woman from Carthage to a Kansas City area hospital with life-threatening injuries. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, one of the victims has since been released from the hospital.

I-49 Shooting Details

The crime happened October 1, 2021, on Interstate 49 near East 307th Street, south of Harrisonville. Cass County deputies responded to a call around 11:00 p.m. Friday night. The reporting party said two people were shot.

The second car involved continued traveling north on the interstate.

Deputies got to the scene and found a vehicle with apparent bullet holes in the side. Two people in the vehicle had gunshot injuries. Deputies started providing medical attention to the victims until ambulances arrived.

Emergency personnel from the Central Cass Fire Protection District and Harrisonville responded to the scene.

Deputies found the second vehicle involved traveling north. The Criminal Apprehension Unit stopped the vehicle using a Grappler device. Deputies took Kawnn Parrish and Colleen Riley into custody without incident. A juvenile was also in the vehicle. Authorities released the juvenile to the custody of the Division of Family Services.

Shooting Charges

The day after the shooting, the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office filed several charges against Kawnn M. Parrish, 29, and Colleen Riley, 28, both of Grand Prairie, Texas.

Both are charged with:
  • Unlawful Use of Weapon
  • 2 counts Armed Criminal Action
  • 2 counts Assault 1st Degree
  • Accessory Armed Criminal Action

They have no bond.