KANSAS CITY, MO. – A 20-year-old man from Blue Springs was charged with murder on a shooting Tuesday on a QuikTrip in Independence.
The Jackson County Attorney’s Office charged Anthony Pasquale with the second degree murder and armed crime in the death of Xavier Plotner.
Pasquale allegedly confronted Plotner on Tuesday just before 8 p.m. in the supermarket on the southwest corner of US 24 near the interchange with Missouri 291 at a gas pump.
Pasquale was at a gas pump when Plotner arrived in a separate vehicle. Then he got something out of his vehicle before going to Plotner’s vehicle.
After Pasquale walked over to the other vehicle, Plotner got out of his vehicle and began hitting Pasquale, who then, after reviewing the surveillance video, pulled a gun and pointed it at Plotner.
After being shot in the chest, Plotner “runs frantically towards the store” and collapses in front of the entrance to the store. According to court records, arriving rescue workers pronounced him dead.
Police identified Pasquale as a suspect based on the pump’s transaction history and a review of the surveillance video that tied him to the vehicle.
The vehicle was found later Tuesday evening, but Pasquale was no longer behind the wheel.
The driver was taken into custody for questioning.
A person of interest to the case, identified only as Pasquale’s cousin, later told officials that Pasquale arrived at his home in a panic with tears in his eyes and asked for a change of clothes.
His cousin arrived at the residence in a separate car after Pasquale called to explain what happened on the QuikTrip.
A cousin agreed to drive Pasquale’s vehicle to his friend’s house in Grain Valley. Another family member followed in a separate vehicle, which also included Pasquale as a passenger.
The second vehicle was also pulled Tuesday night, but the patrol officer was unable to reach a supervisor to confirm whether the driver or Pasquale was wanted in connection with the murder. Both were released and went on to see Pasquale’s girlfriend.
Based on the interview with his cousin, after a search, police found Pasquale’s clothes, which matched the clothes of the shooter in the QuikTrip surveillance video, after a search of the cousin’s house.
During an interview with police, Pasquale’s girlfriend said she called him when he was run over Tuesday night. She admitted that he shot Plotner and said he was going to jail.
She said Plotner bragged about Pasquale stepping on a friend named Jaden’s head, who “was killed in Blue Springs some time ago,” and said Plotner threatened to kill Pasquale, according to a possible cause.
The friend asked Pasquale to report, which he did in the company of his father and a lawyer on Wednesday after an arrest warrant was issued against him.
The prosecution has filed for a $ 150,000 bond.
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