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Ralph Yarl shooting: Black teen shot after going to wrong house

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Ralph Yarl, an honor student and all-state band member, was supposed to pick up his younger brothers Thursday night when he approached the wrong house.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An 84-year-old white man in Kansas City, Missouri was charged Monday with first-degree assault for shooting a Black teen that mistakenly approached his house while trying to pick up his siblings.

Prosecuting Attorney Zachary Thompson said at a news conference that there was a “racial component” to the incident last Thursday night when Andrew Lester twice shot 16-year-old Ralph Yarl, who is recovering at home after being released from the hospital. But nothing in the charging documents says the shooting was racially motivated, Thompson clarified.

2023-04-17 19:01:30

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