A suspect in two fatal Thanksgiving Day shootings was charged with manslaughter on Friday after he walked into a Missouri police station covered in blood and admitted to killing two people.
Torry Andre Upchurch, 27, went into the Jefferson City Police Department only hours after 17-year-old Earle Key Jr. and 33-year-old Shantae Hill-Cook were shot lifeless on Thursday, allegedly describing an officer in the lobby, ‘I know I committed two murders’.
Upchurch was held moments after and charged with two counts of first-degree manslaughter, in addition to armed criminal activity, unlawful use of a firearm, and unlawful hold of a firearm.
Reports from officials confirm the first shooting happened at around 6 pm when Upchurch reportedly knocked on the door of 1308 W. McCarty St, where Key had been waiting.
By the time police came, the suspected gunman had disappeared with witnesses claimed to have seen a guy running from the scene on foot.
A search was led to the surrounding area but officers were incapable to yield any trace of the culprit.
Less than three hours next, police received many calls regarding another shooting, this time in the 2300 block of Southridge Drive, just five miles off from the scene of Key’s murder.
The police came at 8.44 pm to find Shantae Hill-Cook dead in the street having suffered multiple gunshot injuries. Her car was also missing from the driveway.
An eyewitness told officers that Hill-Cook and Upchurch had been linked in a romantic relationship for the past few months, reports show.
Upchurch had reportedly been agitated with Hill-Cook for wanting to help the witness with her belongings and child.
It was then, the observer said, that Upchurch told Hill-Cook to ‘stay in the car’ before he drew out a handgun and opened fire, fatally striking Hill-Cook various times.
Upchurch reportedly left in Hill-Cook’s car before officers entered. He finally drove to the Jefferson City Police Department on Monroe Street, clothed in black clothing and covered in blood.
Officers arrested Upchurch and, through his initial interview, he accused himself in both of the homicides, telling officers clearly that he’d shot Hill-Cook in the temple.