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3 Kansas City men face federal gun charges connected to Chiefs parade mass shooting

Police cordon off the area around Union Station following a shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs NFL football Super Bowl celebration in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. Multiple people were injured, a fire official said. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
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Police clear the area around Union Station following a shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs NFL football Super Bowl celebration in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

Three Kansas City men were charged Wednesday with federal firearms trafficking in connection with weapons recovered from the scene of the mass shooting at the Super Bowl rally.

Just a month after the Feb. 14 shooting, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced charges against Fedo Antonia Manning, 22, who faces 12 counts including conspiracy to traffic firearms, illegal sales and making a false statement to federal authorities.

Ronnel Dewayne Williams, Jr., 21, and Chaelyn Hendrick Groves, 19, face a four-count federal criminal complaint for allegedly lying to federal agents.

The complaints do not accuse the young men of shooting at the rally. Two adult men and two minors face state charges in the shootings that killed one and injured 24 people.

One of the weapons was initially bought at Frontier Justice, a Lee’s Summit gun store where Gov. Mike Parson signed the 2021 “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” which barred local police from enforcing federal gun laws. The constitutionality of the law is being argued in the courts — most recently, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case.

U.S. Attorney Teresa Moore referred to the protections those federal laws offer in a video statement.

“These cases underscore the importance of enforcing federal firearms laws,” Moore said. “Stopping straw buyers and preventing illegal firearms trafficking is our first line of defense against gun violence.”

In all, 12 individuals brandished firearms and at least six individuals fired their weapons, according to court documents. Kansas City Police recovered several firearms, spent shell casings, and other items, the documents say.

Manning faces the most serious charges and is accused of the straw purchases — the U.S. Attorney’s office says he bought dozens of firearms and then sold them to others. Seven of those guns were recovered during the investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The charges cover two weapons specifically: an Anderson Manufacturing AM-15 pistol that Manning allegedly purchased from Frontier Justice on August 7, 2022, and a Stag Arms 300-caliber pistol, recovered at the scene, which Williams purchased from The Ammo Box during a gun show at the KCI Expo Center on November 25, 2023.

Williams allegedly bought the firearm for Groves, who was with him at the gun show but was too young to legally purchase the firearm himself, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. Williams and Groves are accused of lying to federal agents about buying weapons.

Peggy Lowe joined Harvest Public Media in 2011, returning to the Midwest after 22 years as a journalist in Denver and Southern California. Most recently she was at The Orange County Register, where she was a multimedia producer and writer. In Denver she worked for The Associated Press, The Denver Post and the late, great Rocky Mountain News. She was on the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of Columbine. Peggy was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan in 2008-09. She is from O'Neill, the Irish Capital of Nebraska, and now lives in Kansas City. Based at KCUR, Peggy is the analyst for The Harvest Network and often reports for Harvest Public Media.
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