KANSAS CITY, MO. – Nearly four years after a 3-year-old boy was shot dead in a car with his father and uncle, Jackson County attorneys charged a Kansas City man with four crimes, including second degree murder.
Investigators were looking for the shooter who killed Marcus Haislip III on May 12, 2017. Prosecutors charged Derrick D. Wren Jr., 28, with second degree murder, the illegal use of a weapon and two first degree attacks.
BACKGROUND: 3 year old boy from Kansas City killed when a gunner opened fire on a car
Prosecutors and investigators are expected to reveal more about the case against him during a noon press conference. You can see it live on this page when it happens.
Officials responded to a shootout near 54th and Brooklyn that May afternoon and heard shortly after that three shooting victims had arrived at the Research Medical Center. Haislip III had died from his injuries, his father and uncle were both injured but survived.
Witnesses told investigators they saw a man fire a gun into the car, wear a red hoodie, and fire a long gun from a porch in 54th and Park. A witness pointed directly at Wren Jr. and said the physical description was the same and saw him with the same type of weapon.
In addition to cartridge cases, the investigators found a styrofoam cup at the crime scene.
In 2019, the Missouri Highway Patrol notified detectives that the DNA from the Styrofoam cup matched Wren Jr., according to court records. In September and November 2020, new witnesses told the detectives that the defendant had confessed to shooting the 3-year-old boy. Wren Jr. told them he used a 7.62mm pistol with a 30- to 50-round clip.
FOX4 spoke to his family heartbroken immediately after the shooting. His great grandmother said he was incredibly smart and lit every room with his smile.
“I want these to be caught this way and that”, The great grandmother told FOX4. “I have no morals for her. You killed my grandson. You took everything from me. Everything! I have nothing to live for; He was the love of my life. I just don’t wanna live now “
Prosecutors requested $ 250,000 bail for Wren Jr. He is currently in federal detention and was served on Wednesday morning with an arrest warrant in the case.
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