Police in Independence say a teen was shot and killed Tuesday outside Independence Center.
Authorities say they have located 18-year-old Tyler Gates of Independence. He has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. Prosecutors have requested a $250,000 bond.
Independence police responded to an Independence Center parking lot just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on a reported shooting and found the 17-year-old victim, Matthew J. Haylock, in the parking lot, suffering from gunshot wounds.
Independence Police Department officer and spokesman John Syme said the shooting happened 30 minutes before the mall closed.
A witness told police that Gates was at the shopping center in a vehicle with the victim. He stated Gates pointed the victims' firearm at the victim and soon after he heard a gunshot. Then he saw the victim slumped over and unresponsive.
Gates asked for help in pushing the victim out of the vehicle. Gates then left the parking lot, keeping the weapon. The vehicle was later located and what appeared to be blood was found in the back seat and handguns were also found in the vehicle.
A relative told police that Gates told of being in an altercation Tuesday night and stated, "I shot him mom."
Friends say Haylock was a father and a much loved former student at VanHorn High School. A lot of them found out about what had happened to their friend on social media.
"It's ridiculously sad, and I know last night, it was really hard and people were messaging me like, 'Man have you heard about this?' And I really couldn't take it. I ended up shutting off social media," Anthony Newson said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the TIPS Hotline (816) 474-TIPS.
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