Two men arrested in Kennett American Legion shooting

Investigation continues after deadly Kennett shooting

KENNETT, Mo. (KAIT) - Two men charged in a shooting leaving one dead and four injured on Feb. 21 in a shooting at the American Legion Building in Kennett are in custody.

According to Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Nicholas Jain, Tyrese Tate, 20, and Darrion Carter, 26, both of Charleston, were arrested in Charleston.

Tate and Carter are charged with murder in the second degree, armed criminal action, and four counts of unlawful use of a weapon, according to Jain.

Carter was arraigned on Tuesday, and Tate will be arraigned on Thursday.

Kennett police said in a media release that they got a call around 12:25 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, about a person shooting a firearm.

“Upon arrival, (the) investigation revealed that multiple individuals had been shot. Officers discovered five total victims. One victim later died from his injuries,” Kennett police said.

The other victims were taken to area hospitals. However, authorities said two of the victims were in stable condition and were flown to a hospital in Cape Girardeau.

An affidavit states Jawon M. Betts was found dead with numerous gunshot wounds.

Judge John Spielman issued warrants for Tate and Carter’s arrest ordering they be detained without bond.

The Dunklin County Major Case Squad, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Dunklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Kennett and Malden Police Departments conducted the investigation.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.