Court records show that a 16-year-old accused of killing a 20-year-old woman and injuring a juvenile in a drive-by last month was “beefing up” with someone in another car.
Witnesses told investigators that Knowledge Jones had picked someone in the car he had allegedly shot at near the intersection of East 34 Street and Sherman Drive on August 30. K’Asia Adonae Le Mae Grundi was killed in the shooting, which took place at around 8:40. In the afternoon, a 14-year-old boy in the car with Grundy was shot in the elbow and survived.
Prosecutors on Tuesday formally charged Jones with murder in connection with the shootings. He is also charged with a deadly weapon and battery through dangerous possession of a firearm. IndieStar is naming Jones because he has been charged as an adult.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the charges, the surviving teen told investigators that he and Grundy were stopped at a red light at the intersection when he saw “glass breaking.” Grundy to “Hit the gas and pull into the gas station.”
Grundy drives the car forward, he notes, but it crashes into a pole.
Minutes earlier and a few blocks away, the teen “looked right” to the man who shot him, who was in the back seat of a red Hyundai Accent carrying four people. Surveillance footage from the shooting shows that the red Hyundai was “travelling” near Grandy’s car along Sherman Drive for approximately 2.5 miles prior to the shooting.
Investigators said video from a nearby gas station showed Grundy’s red Chevy Cruze as a red Hyundai “speeds past” at the intersection. A witness at the scene said he saw a man in a “black and white cow printed hoodie” hanging from the rear driver’s window of a Hyundai, who was chasing Grandi’s car.
Police recovered a 9mm shell shell from the scene, and investigators were able to identify four people at the suspected Hyundai using other surveillance video, which also captured the car’s license plate.
At the time of the shooting, more than a week after the murder, one of Hyundai’s others told police that he knew one man as “Lil Bru” and the other as “JK”, when J.K. When it started, I was in the back seat of the car. Shooting at someone he was “beefing” with.
Another witness said he heard the teen, later identified as Jones, say “there he goes” before being shot. Eyewitness statements indicate that another person in the car also pointed a gun in the crossfire.
The affidavit indicated that detectives wore the black and white hoodie Jones allegedly wore during the shooting in his father’s backyard. According to the affidavit, “someone had attempted to set fire to an article of clothing.”
In an interview with police on September 10, investigators stated that Jones initially denied being on Sherman Drive at the time of the shooting. But he later reportedly said, “He fired one round at the vehicle out of the window as he felt pressure from the other people in the vehicle.”
Jones is being held without bond. The preliminary hearing of the case was to take place on Wednesday morning.
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