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Second man is charged in shooting death of 20-year-old woman in Independence

Double shooting kills one, critically injures another at Independence apartments

Police were investigating a double shooting early Tuesday in Independence that left one person dead and another one fighting for life. The shooting occurred about 4 a.m. at The Cedars apartments and townhomes in the 1100 block of Quail Creek Drive.
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Police were investigating a double shooting early Tuesday in Independence that left one person dead and another one fighting for life. The shooting occurred about 4 a.m. at The Cedars apartments and townhomes in the 1100 block of Quail Creek Drive.

A second man has been charged in connection with the shooting death of a 20-year-old woman earlier this month at an Independence apartment.

Michael A. Lora, 20, of Blue Springs faces charges of second-degree murder, assault and armed criminal action in the killing of Mary Schmitz.

A man was also wounded and a German Shepherd was killed during the Sept. 18 altercation inside the apartment in the 1100 block of Quail Creek Drive.

Bond was set at $500,000. No court date has been scheduled.

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Jackson County prosecutors have also charged David A. Harris, 18, of Oak Grove in the shootings.

According to court documents, police went to the apartment shortly before 4 a.m. on a call of shots fired and arrived to hear yelling inside. Two women and a man came out of the apartment and officers went inside to find Schmitz and the dog dead in a living room area and the other victim wounded in the bedroom.

Witnesses told police the shooting may have stemmed from an ongoing conflict over a relationship involving Schmitz.

Prosecutors say a witness identified Lora, who is also known as “Slim” as one of the men who shot Schmitz during an exchange of gunfire inside the apartment.

Friends gathered for a vigil for Mary Schmitz, 20, who was fatally shot Tuesday in an Independence apartment. The vigil, Thursday at Keystone Park in Blue Springs, remembered Schmitz as "A beautiful soul."

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