Victims in Independence Center shooting recuperate, try to stay positive

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - The attorney representing the man who was shot during Saturday's shooting at Independence Center says the victims are at home recuperating and are trying to remain positive.

Jeff Mullins is an attorney in Blue Springs and has known the male victim for six years and spoke Wednesday on his behalf.

"They were just heading to do some shopping and one thing lead to another," Mullins said.

According to the probable cause statement, Mullin's client was walking into the mall with his girlfriend, when 24-year-old Eric Bratton made a comment to the couple about the girl's buttocks.

The statement went on to say Bratton and the young man got into a fight over the comment.  After the fight appeared to be over, Bratton pulled out a hand gun.

"When a gun is pulled out when tempers are high, you end up with a much higher criminal charge, which is what we have here," Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said.

Police say Bratton fired three shots, striking the man in the leg and woman in the foot.

"Everybody is at home recuperating right now," Mullins said.  "They're keeping a positive attitude, and just going through the healing process."

Mullins says the victim's family is grateful for the other shoppers who provided tips and to police for making an arrest quickly.

Bratton is a 2006 graduate of Raytown High School.  Court records show this is Bratton's first time being arrested in Jackson County.

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