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Teen Shot Near Kansas City After Going to Wrong Address

April 19, 2023 | By Kali Girl

UPDATE: According to CNN, an 84-year-old White homeowner, Andrew Lester, is set to face two felony charges after allegedly shooting and injuring 16-year-old Ralph Yarl, a Black teenager who mistakenly went to his residence to pick up his siblings.

The announcement was made on Monday evening by Clay County attorney Zachary Thompson. Lester will be charged with assault in the first degree and armed criminal action.

According to Thompson, there is no indication of any communication between Lester and Ralph before the shooting on Thursday evening. The prosecutor stated that there is also no evidence to suggest that the teenager had entered the residence.

Preliminary evidence also revealed that Lester had used a .32 caliber revolver to shoot the teenager through a glass door.

“I can tell you there was a racial component to this case,” Thompson said at a news conference without elaborating.

Family attorney Ben Crump said in a statement, “While this is certainly a step in the right direction, we will continue to fight for Ralph while he works towards a full recovery.”

Previous Report: According to The Kansas City Star, a community protested on Sunday afternoon following an incident near Kansas City where a man reportedly shot a Black teenager who mistakenly came to his residence to pick up his siblings.

On social media, many people have questioned why no arrests have been made in relation to the shooting of the 16-year-old high school student. The young man remains hospitalized but is said to be in stable condition, though he suffered a life-threatening injury.

Kansas City police reported, a teenage boy was found injured at a residence on 115th Street on Thursday. The boy had been instructed by his parent to pick up his siblings from a residence on 115th Terrace, he ended up at the wrong location on the 1100 block of 115th Street.

The alleged shooter was taken into custody and brought to a police station for interrogation, no further details regarding the incident have been released by the authorities at this point.

Taking action through protest, The People’s Coalition organization wrote via social media, “We won’t stand by any longer while racist white vigilantes get away with attempting to lynch and kill our Black children.”

Police have not identified the alleged shooter, their race or a motive in the shooting. Civil rights attorneys Lee Merritt and Ben Crump signed on to assist with legal representation.

“This man must be arrested,” Merritt tweeted. “We are on our way.”

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