KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Officers were dispatched to the 5200 block of Oak Leaf Drive around 1:30 a.m. in response to a complaint of gunfire in the area. When police arrived at the scene, they discovered a victim inside a building who had been shot. Officers immediately attempted to save the victim’s life, but their efforts were in vain. The person was pronounced dead at the site by emergency medical services later.
The early hours of Monday saw the Kansas City Police Department investigate a shooting that left one person dead inside an apartment. The victim has not been named by the KCPD at this time. No information has been released by police about a possible culprit or the events that may have led to the shooting. Anyone who may have additional information is urged to call the TIPS Helpline at 816-474-8477 or the Detective Line at 816-234-5043. Calling the detective line anonymously is also an option.
On Monday, police in Kansas City, Missouri, arrested an 84-year-old white man charged with first-degree assault for shooting a black youth who was at the wrong house. Andrew Lester, 16, is recovering at home after being shot twice Thursday night, and prosecutor Zachary Thompson told a news conference there was a “racial component” to the incident. Thompson pointed out that there is no indication that race played a role in the incident in the charging documents. While I know how difficult this situation has been, I want to tell you that the criminal justice system is working and will continue to work,” Thompson added.
Many people in Kansas City and across the country were shocked by the incident. Many high-profile public figures, including Vice President Joe Biden, have called for retaliation. The racial aspect of the case has been pointed out by others, including Yarl’s legal team. Yarl, a straight college student and All-State band member, was late picking up his two younger brothers because he drove to the wrong residence. When Yarl opened the door, Lester shot him in the forehead and again in the right forearm. According to the probable cause statement, no dialogue took place prior to the shooting. Yarl got up to leave, but as he did, he heard Lester yell, “Don’t come here,” according to the statement.
According to the statement, Yarl rushed to several residences seeking help before finally connecting with someone who would call 911 on her behalf. Southern Christian Leadership Conference Greater Kansas City Chapter leader Reverend Vernon Howard condemned the shooting as a “heinous, hate-filled crime.” Kamala Harris, the Vice President of the United States, tweeted: “No child should live in fear of being shot for ringing the wrong door.” On Monday, a minute’s silence was observed in the Missouri Senate in honor of Yarl. Ben Crump and Lee Merritt, civil rights attorneys representing the Yarl family, said in a statement that Vice President Joe Biden called and offered “prayers for Ralph’s health and for justice.”
The lawyers released a statement saying, “Gun violence against unarmed black people must end.” “Our children shouldn’t feel like they’re being hunted down; they should feel safe. There will be a rally in Kansas City on Tuesday night in support of Yarl.
The maximum penalty for an assault conviction is life in prison. Lester faces between three and fifteen years in prison if convicted of the armed criminal activity charge. No hate-related charges have been brought against Lester. According to Thompson, the law in question is a less serious crime than first-degree assault and therefore carries a less severe sentence in the state of Missouri. However, the prosecution concluded that the shooting was not justified in self-defense, despite the fact that Missouri is one of approximately 30 states with “Stand Your Ground” laws that allow the use of a deadly force in self-defense.
According to Thompson, a warrant has been filed for Lester, but he has not yet been jailed. According to the probable cause statement, Lester informed police that he was living alone and had just gone to bed when he heard his doorbell ring. He claimed he spotted a black man trying to open the outer storm door and fearing an intruder, prompting him to grab his gun and head for the entrance. On Monday evening, no one could reach Lester at his listed number, and it was unclear whether he was represented by an attorney. The incident occurred in a northern Kansas City neighborhood populated by middle-class families. Aunt Faith Spoon also said on a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for medical bills that Yarl didn’t have a phone with him and headed to the wrong block. Funds totaling $1.4 million were raised Monday afternoon.
The Kansas City Star quotes Police Chief Stacey Graves as saying Yarl’s parents asked him to pick up his brothers from a house on 115th Terrace, but Yarl drove to 115th Street instead. Yarl plays numerous instruments with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Kansas City and has been recognized as an honorable member of the Missouri All-State Band. Written by Spoon more. The North Kansas City School District said in a statement that Yarl is “an excellent student and talented musician.” According to Spoonmore, Yarl is “physically fine” but still has a lot of mental trauma to overcome. The house where the incident took place was vandalized on Monday afternoon. The number “16” has been spray painted inside a heart shape on the side of the house in black. The entrance and front windows were covered in egg splatter.
Republican Governor and outspoken gun rights advocate Mike Parson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Attorney Benjamin Crump, who has defended the families of victims in high-profile shooting cases like those of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, has questioned the delay in charging the shooter . We all agree that if this was a black guy who shot a 16 year old for simply ringing his doorbell, he would have been arrested and not allowed to sleep in his bed that night- there, as Crump said.
On Saturday, two days after Yarl was shot, an upstate New York homeowner shot and killed a 20-year-old woman whose car had been mistakenly sent to the wrong home. Kaylin Gillis, according to Washington County Sheriff Jeffrey Murphy, was one of four people in a car who set out to search for a friend’s residence. Kevin Monahan exited the automobile as it turned around and fired two shots, hitting Gillis with the second. Second-degree murder charges were brought against Monahan.