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Man accused of shooting black teenager who knocked on the wrong door surrenders to police

A 84-year old Kansas City resident who was accused of shooting an 18-year-old black teenager after he mistakenly rang a doorbell in the wrong house has turned himself into police.

Andrew Lester was charged with first degree assault in relation to the shooting.

In Missouri, this offence could result in a sentence ranging from 10 to 30 jail years or even life imprisonment.

He was also accused of a separate offense, armed criminal activity.


In a short statement posted on Twitter, the sheriff’s department for Clay County in Missouri said: “Andrew Lester has surrendered to our Detention Center.” He is in custody.”

When Mr Yarl was shot, he had been going to pick up his twin younger brothers.

A fundraising for the teenager raised more than $2,6 million (£2.1m).

As of Tuesday morning, the GoFundMe account was created to pay for his medical expenses and therapy. It had received almost 70,000 contributions.

The page was thought to have been set up by Ralph Spoonmore’s aunt Faith Spoonmore. It said that the teenager had escaped from the alleged assault but had to knock on three homes before anyone helped him.

Ralph will use any money that is not used for medical or therapy expenses to pay for his university fees and travel in west Africa.

The police had earlier stated that Ralph was in stable condition but with a serious injury. He was discharged from the hospital and is now recovering at home.

Ralph’s case attracted the attention of Joe Biden who spoke to Ralph and his mother.

In a press release, the White House stated that Ralph and the President “spoke in depth about Ralph’s recuperation and Ralph reminded him that his mother Cleo Nagbe who joined the call was not only an nurse, but also a physiotherapist.” They talked about how lucky Ralph was to have that.”

They also discussed Ralph’s success in class and his desire for a chemical engineer degree at Texas A&M. The president tried to convince him lightheartedly that University of Delaware would be a better choice.

They discussed the history of their families and music. “The president also pledged to continue his fight against gun-violence,” the statement continued.

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Ralph was called “super intelligent” by his teachers and friends.

The page stated that he was excited to graduate from high school, and “finally get the chance to visit West Africa”.

Ralph’s Aunt wrote: “Life is very different now.” Although he’s doing well on the physical side, he still has a long way to go mentally and emotionally.

“The trauma he must endure to survive is unimaginable. He is our miracle.

“We’ve heard this type of story many times and, unfortunately, most black boy aren’t alive to have another chance.”

“Ralph is entitled to the future he dreams of.”

Zachary Thompson said that there was “a racial component” in the shooting but didn’t give any further details about possible motives.


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