KANSAS CITY — Clay County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Blade Elliott, 20, of Kansas City on June 18 with second-degree murder, two counts of felony armed criminal action and one count of felony attempted robbery after Kansas City police responded to a report of shots fired June 8 near Liberty in the Price Chopper parking lot at 9717 N. Ash Ave. in Kansas City. Police responded to the parking lot around 5:30 p.m. that evening and found Trinton Phillips, 21, of Excelsior Springs deceased in the driver seat of a black Kia Spectra. According to the probable cause statement from Kansas City Police Department, Elliott allegedly made contact with Phillips via the Snapchat app for a suspected marijuana deal in the grocery store parking lot. Phillips arrived in the grocery store parking lot in the Kia. Elliott is alleged to have been one of multiple passengers in a black Volkswagen, according to information in the probable cause statement. “A white male wearing a dark colored shirt and dark shorts exited the driver’s side (of the suspect vehicle) and entered into the rear passenger seat of the Kia Spectra,” reads the statement of probable cause. According to the probable cause statement, multiple gunshots were heard at the scene and Elliott was allegedly seen exiting Phillips’ vehicle and reentering the Volkswagen as it fled the area. According to police, the gun possibly used in the shooting, a 9 mm Glock model 45, was later found during the execution of search warrant at Elliott’s residence. According to court documents, Elliott pleaded not guilty to the charges. Bond is set at $1 million and a bond hearing in Clay County Circuit Court is scheduled for Thursday, June 25. At the time charges were filed in the Price Chopper shooting case, court records show Elliott was also charged six days earlier in an unrelated shooting that occurred in the fall of 2019. In the case, Elliott was charged with felony armed criminal action and felony, first-degree assault. According to the probable cause statement in that Clay County case, Elliott allegedly picked up the victim and the victim’s friend after communicating via Snapchat with the victim about smoking marijuana together.That shooting occurred in a Target store parking lot off Madison Avenue in Kansas City after the victim, Elliott and other passengers arrived at the retailer in a vehicle together to pick up another passenger. “When the friend got to the vehicle, the victim and the victim’s friend got out so Elliott’s friend could get inside because it was a two-door vehicle,” reads the statement of probable cause. “When the victim attempted to get back in the car, Elliott, who was still sitting in the front seat, tried shutting the door, then pointed the gun at him and shot him one time in the lower left stomach area.” Bond in that case is set at $250,000.

Blade Elliott

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at sean.roberts@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6606.

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