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16-year-old accused of firing gun at Chiefs rally shooting, could be tried as adult, juvenile court says

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Posted at 3:15 PM, Mar 19, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-19 18:12:50-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 16-year-old teen is accused of firing a gun at a mass shooting that occurred as the Chiefs rally was ending and could be tried as an adult, the Jackson County Family Court announced Tuesday.

The teen was previously charged with possessing a gun and resisting arrest on the day of the shooting that killed a beloved Kansas City mother and DJ and injured over 20 others.

On Tuesday, those charges were amended and he's now charged with unlawful use of a weapon, a Class B felony, for shooting at a person.

The court said a certification hearing will be held on April 30 where a Family Court Administrative judge will hear evidence to determine if the teen should stand trial as an adult.

A second 16-year-old is still charged with possessing a gun and resisting arrest.

The Office of the Juvenile Officer charged the second teen with gun related charges in February and those charges do not rise to the more serious felony charges where a juvenile is eligible for a certification hearing.

Two other men — Lyndell Mays and Dominic Miller — were charged with second-degree murder among other felonies in connection to the shooting that killed Lisa Lopez-Galvan.

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The shooting happened after Mays was involved in an altercation with another group of people. The group had asked Mays what he was looking at.

Mays allegedly told police he withdrew his gun first during the altercation.

He also said he initially hesitated to shoot because he saw there were children in the crowd, but fired anyway because he heard someone say, "'I'm going to get you,' and to him, that meant, 'I'm going to kill you.'"

An investigation determined it was a bullet from Miller's gun that killed Lopez-Galvan.

It's not immediately clear if either of the teens were involved in the altercation with Mays or if there's any relation between them and Mays or Miller.