Man arrested after fatally shooting prominent member of Kansas City Jewish community (video)By Mason White 4:44 PM September 4, 2014
By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on charges of murder after allegedly shooting a prominent member of Congregation Ohev Sholom, police in Missouri said.
Jackson County prosecutors said that they have charged 34-year-old Brandon Howell, with three counts of first-degree murder on Tuesday.
The victims were identified as 69-year-old Susan Choucroun, 88-year-old Lorene Hurst and her son, 63-year-old Darrel Hurst. Officers responded to No. 1 East Woodbridge Lane just before 1:00 p.m.
When officers arrived, they found Choucroun shot dead at the entrance of No. 3 East Woodbridge Lane.
The officers entered No. 1 East Woodbridge Lane and in the basement they found a man and a woman, who had been assaulted.
Both were taken to local hospitals where they were listed in critical condition. Officers visited the area and found the bodies of the Hursts in the front yard of No. 7 Woodbridge Lane.
Witnesses told police that they heard several gunshots and then saw a beige Toyota Highlander leaving the scene. A witness saw the vehicle stop outside No. 3 East Woodbridge Lane, and a man shooting Choucroun before fleeing.
Officers found the stolen Toyota Highlander in the parking lot of The Bistro, and arrested Howell nearby. People who knew Susan Choucroun, said that she was a civic activist who always rooted for the underdog.
They said that they were not surprised to hear that she rushed to aid someone who was shot. Choucroun helped create an action group, More Squared, that has provided computers to students, among other things.
“She was a dear friend. She and I would go out to lunch once a month,” Rabbi Scott White of the Ohev Sholom Synagogue said.
“She had a great sense of humor, and was very passionately involved in our congregation and in the Jewish tradition,” White added.