Kansas City man charged for firing AK-47 into Mexican Independence Day Celebration


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Diego Calderon-Guzman is accused of killing 20-year-old Daisy S. Martinez, according to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Guzman told detectives he fired shots after a fight broke out during a Mexico Independence Day celebration. It took place shortly after 11pm, according to the press release.

Detectives on the scene found surveillance cameras. On them they saw several vehicles driving towards the camera.

The footage showed a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup and a large Mexican flag hanging off the back in the parking lot, according to the Kansas City Star.

Two men ran to the truck and allegedly pulled out what looked like a chrome colored AK-47, according to court documents.

A crowd of people, including Martinez, were shown running down the street toward the parking lot. The man then was seen firing shots and Martinez was seen on the ground.

Detectives were able. to the make out the license plate number and broadcasted it over police radio.

Officers on patrol spotted the truck and tried to pull it over. The driver allegedly refused and drove away, according to the star.

When questioned, the driver said he nor his cousin fired any shots. Detectives obtained a search warrant and recovered the rifle. The Kansas City Police Department’s Crime Lab found the rifle matched shell cases found at the scene, according to the Kansas City Star.

Detectives showed the driver a photo of a passenger getting into the truck. The man was identified as Calderon-Guzman, a family friend. It was he, according to court documents, who shot Martinez.

According to Guzman, he ran to the truck and grabbed the rifle because he was being shot at and thought he was shooting those who were shooting him.

Guzman was not allowed to possess a firearm due to a convicted felony of indecent liberties with a child back in 2013.

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