Three men were taken into custody Sunday for leading police on a high speed chase after shots were fired outside Graceway Church while a funeral was being held for a recent juvenile homicide victim.
According to witnesses, shots were not fired inside the church, but people attempted to flee after the gunfire and some of the funeral attendees were trampled.
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“Police are investigating Saturday after reports of shots being fired near a Raytown church where a funeral was taking place for a 15-year-old homicide victim.
Raytown police say shots were fired just before 3:30 p.m. outside the Graceway Church, located near 55th Street and Blue Ridge Cutoff.
No injuries have been reported to police at this time.
The church posted on their Facebook page that the incident has led them to cancel a scheduled middle school lock-in and other activities due to safety concerns.
“We are cooperating with police as they investigate.”
The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department is handling the investigation.
Funeral services for 15-year-old An’Janique Wright were scheduled to take place at the church beginning at 2 p.m.
Jamya Norfleet, 21, and Taylor McMillon, 18, have both been charged in the shooting death of Wright on Feb. 12.
Police say the deadly shooting stemmed from an argument that began at a basketball game at Central Academy of Excellence. Norfleet was escorted out of the school, and a short time later so was Wright, her sister told FOX4.”
Gary P. Jones, 22, faces charges of resisting a lawful stop, 19-year-old Gerrad D. Rivera-Willis faces charges for unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest and 20-year-old Zion Owsley faces charges for receiving stolen property and resisting arrest. Nobody was injured.