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Kansas City Chiefs rally shooting suspect previously convicted of pulling gun at community center

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After gunfire broke out, some people took cover and others fled during the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl rally on Feb. 14, 2024, at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. (Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star/TNS)


Katie Moore
The Kansas City Star
(TNS)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One of the men charged with murder following the Feb. 14 mass shooting at the Chiefs Super Bowl rally had just gotten off probation for pulling out a gun at a community center, according to court documents.

Lyndell Mays, 23, of Raytown, and Dominic M. Miller, 18, of Kansas City, each face a count of second-degree felony murder in connection with the parade shooting that killed a woman and injured 22 people.

According to municipal court documents, Mays had been charged with disorderly conduct in April 2021.

A citation from the Belton Police Department says Mays “displayed a black handgun during a dispute while playing basketball” at the Belton Community Center, which caused people to fear for their safety and run out of the gym.

Mays pleaded guilty on Feb. 8, 2022, and was placed on two years’ probation.

On the day of the Chiefs Super Bowl parade, gunfire erupted at the end of the victory rally at Union Station. Witnesses said a group of four males approached Mays and asked what he was looking at. They did not know each other, court documents said.

An argument broke out. Mays allegedly pulled out a gun. Almost immediately, others, including Miller, pulled their firearms. A volley of gunfire broke out, sending throngs of people running for cover.

Lisa Lopez-Galvan, a Johnson County mother of two and popular disc jockey, was shot and killed.

Another 22 people were struck by gunfire. Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves said half of them were under age 16.

Two teenagers were charged with gun-related offenses and resisting arrest the next day.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker on Tuesday announced the murder charges against Mays and Miller. The two were also charged with two counts of armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

Baker said evidence shows it was gunfire from Miller’s firearm that killed Lopez-Galvan.

Baker also indicated that additional charges may be filed.

“We seek to hold every shooter accountable for their actions on that day — every single one,” she said at a news conference Tuesday. “While we are not there yet on every single individual, we’re going to get there.”

Mays had an initial appearance scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Jackson County Circuit Court.

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