Man charged in shooting at Chiefs’ parade makes court appearance

This photo provided by Jackson County Detention Center shows Lyndell Mays. Prosecutors said they charged Mays and Dominic Miller with second-degree murder and other counts in a shooting during the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl victory celebration, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024,  that left one person dead and roughly two dozen others injured.. Both have been hospitalized with gunshot wounds since the shooting.  (Jackson County Detention Center via AP)
This photo provided by Jackson County Detention Center shows Lyndell Mays. Prosecutors said they charged Mays and Dominic Miller with second-degree murder and other counts in a shooting during the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl victory celebration, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, that left one person dead and roughly two dozen others injured.. Both have been hospitalized with gunshot wounds since the shooting. (Jackson County Detention Center via AP)


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- One of the men charged in a Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl victory celebration shooting that left one person dead and around two dozen others injured had recently come off probation for pulling out a gun during a dispute over a basketball game.

Lyndell Mays, of Raytown, whose two years of probation ended earlier this month, made a first appearance Wednesday in the Feb. 14 shooting outside Kansas City's historic Union Station. He was dressed from head to toe in orange, his face bandaged, his hands cuffed and ankles shackled.

Prosecutors announced Tuesday that Mays and another man, Dominic Miller, were charged with second-degree murder and other counts in the shooting that brought a horrific end to what had been a gleeful celebration before a crowd that totaled an estimated 1 million people.

In court, Mays told the judge he had spoken to an attorney, although none was in court with him. Asked if he understood the charges, Miller said yes. The minutes-long appearance ended with the judge setting a Feb. 29 hearing to discuss his $1 million bond.

Mays looked out at the journalists in the crowd as he walked out. There were no victims in the courtroom.

Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said during a news conference Tuesday that her office had no previous interactions with Mays or Miller.

But a statement from Belton police said Mays displayed a handgun during a basketball game dispute at a community center, causing people to run for safety out of the gym. According to court documents in the municipal case, Mays was charged with disorderly conduct in April 2021. He entered a guilty plea Feb. 8, 2022, and was placed on probation for two years.

Miller and Mays, who didn't know each other, were among several people arguing Feb. 14 when Mays "pulled his handgun," leading others to do the same, court records show. Online court records do not list attorneys who can comment for the men.

Authorities also detained two juveniles, charging them with gun-related and resisting arrest charges. Officials have said more charges are possible.

The probable cause statement said Mays picked one of the individuals in the group at random and started shooting because they said, "I'm going to get you," and to him that meant, "I'm going to kill you."

He told police other people started shooting only after he fired first.

"Stupid, man," he told police. "Just pulled a gun out and started shooting. I shouldn't have done that. Just being stupid."

Mays was shot, and a Glock 9 mm handgun that had been reported stolen was found near him. There were six live rounds in its magazine, which had a capacity of 15, and one in the chamber.

Surveillance video showed Miller firing after someone began chasing another person with a gun, court documents say. Miller kept running even after he was shot in the lower back. He was tackled as he yelled, "I'm shot. I'm shot," according to the documents.

Miller said under questioning that he was armed with a Taurus G3 9 mm and he fired it four or five times because someone was shooting at him, the documents say.

The shooting happened despite the presence of more than 800 police officers.

Those injured range in age from 8-47 years, according to Police Chief Stacey Graves. Lisa Lopez-Galvan, a mother of two and the host of a radio show called "Taste of Tejano," was killed.

Marques Harris, who was wounded in the shooting, told WDAF-TV that Miller should not have been charged and his friend was only trying to protect him.

He said it started with Mays staring down his 15-year-old friend. The teen asked if there was a problem and Mays then started to talk trash, recalled Harris, who decided to intervene.

"I pushed my little brother out the way," Harris said. "As soon as I pushed my little brother out of the way, the dude stepped forward and proceeded to shoot me."

Only then did Miller fire, said Harris, whose mouth is nearly wired shut. He said the bullet struck him in his neck and traveled out of his mouth.

Court documents say ballistics show the bullet that killed Lopez-Galvan was fired from Miller's firearm. Miller was hospitalized after the shooting and his mugshot was not immediately available.

  photo  Police clear the area following a shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs NFL football Super Bowl celebration in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. Multiple people were injured, a fire official said.(AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
 
 
  photo  Police clear the Kansas City Chiefs from the stage after a shooting at their Super Bowl victory rally in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. Authorities in Kansas City are trying to decipher who was behind the mass shooting that unfolded Wednesday. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
 
 
  photo  Workers dismantle the stage outside of Union Station Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. The venue was the site of a mass shooting Wednesday after a rally celebrating the Kansas City Chiefs winning the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
 
 
  photo  Law enforcement personnel investigate following a shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs NFL football Super Bowl celebration in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. Multiple people were injured, a fire official said.(AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
 
 
  photo  Police clear the Kansas City Chiefs off the stage after a shooting at the end of their Super Bowl victory rally in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. Authorities in Kansas City are trying to decipher who was behind the mass shooting that unfolded Wednesday.(AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
 
 
  photo  Emergency medical technicians walk around the scene after an incident following the Kansas City Chiefs victory parade in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. The Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers Sunday in the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
 
 


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