Police have identified the victim of Tuesday night's fatal shooting at the Independence Center as Matthew J. Haylock, a 17-year-old black male from Independence.
Police also have identified and are searching for a suspect – 18-year-old Tyler Gates of Independence. Gates is about 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds. He has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action, according to court records.
The shooting happened about 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, in the middle of the parking lot in front of the main entrance facing 39th Street. Officers arrived to find Haylock dead on the pavement next to a couple cars.
People with information about the case are asked to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-8477, IPD tips at 816-325-7777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.