Jackson County authorities have charged 18-year-old Tyler J. Gates of Independence in the deadly shooting at Independence Center Tuesday night.
Gates faces second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the fatal shooting of Matthew J. Haylock, 17, of Independence.
Gates was identified by police as a “person of interest” in the deadly shooting at Independence Center Tuesday night.
Police responded to reports of a shooting about 8:30 p.m. at Independence Center, which is in the 18800 block of East 39th Street South.
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Arriving officers found Haylock, who had been fatally shot sprawled on the pavement of the parking lot just outside the shopping center.
A witness told police that the defendant was at the shopping center in a vehicle with the victim.
He said the defendant pointed the victims’ firearm at the victim and soon after he heard a gunshot.
He said he then saw the victim slumped over and unresponsive. A relative told police that the defendant told of being in an altercation last night and stated, “I shot him mom.”
Prosecutors have requested a $250,000 bond.