A detective is claiming alleged Kansas City parade gunman Lyndell Mays’ confessed to opening fire at the Chiefs Super Bowl celebration last week, as it’s been revealed the suspect has a prior gun conviction.
Mays, aged 23, and Dominic Miller, aged 18, are facing charges including murder in the second degree, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.
These two individuals are not the two juveniles who had been charged with gun-related offenses and resisting arrest last week.
Court documents have now revealed that Mays has brazenly confessed to the shooting, which left one woman dead, and admitted to the senselessness of his actions.
Detective Grant Spiking claims that Mays told him: ‘Stupid, man. He just pulled a gun out and started shooting. I shouldn’t have done that. Just being stupid.’
Alleged gunman Lyndell Mays’ ‘confession’ and criminal past has been revealed in court papers following the shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bow parade last week
Spiking wrote that it all began when four men approached Mays and asked the 23-year-old what he was looking at.
‘They began arguing about why they were staring at each other,’ Spiking continued, according to NBCNews .
Prosecutors allege that Mays pulled his gun first during an argument which resulted in others pulling firearms including Miller.
At a press conference on Tuesday, prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Miller is believed to have fired the shot that killed local DJ Lisa Lopez-Galvan.
Spiking added that a Glock 9mm handgun reported stolen from a Kansas City location was found near Mays.
Despite Mays’ sister saying her brother was not a monster and just protecting her, Mays has a prior conviction for trying to end a fight with a gun.
He was arrested on April 21, 2021 for pulling out a handgun during an argument while playing basketball, KSHB reported.
On February 8, 2022, he was found guilty and sentenced to five days of shock probation in addition to time served by a county judge, as well as a fine, 90-day suspended sentence and was placed on two years of unsupervised probation.
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Mays was blasted nine times. Also charged is Dominic Miller, 18, who prosecutors say fired the shot which killed the one person killed – DJ Lisa Lopez Galvan
Mays pulled out his gun first during the February 14 shooting, prosecutors say, with 25 struck by bullets in the ensuing violence
Mays’ mother has set up a GoFundMe for him.
Teneal Burnside set up the cash appeal for her alleged killer son Lyndell Mays, 23, complete with a photo of him seriously ill in his hospital bed.
He was among those shot at the celebration on February 14 – and was blasted nine times. Prosecutors now say Mays was one of the two men to blame for the horrific bloodbath, although her unnamed sister insists he was just trying to protect her.
Pleading for cash, Burnside said Mays was going through a ‘tragic time’, adding: ‘He is in ICU fighting for a recovery from several surgeries, from going to the Chiefs’ Super Bowl celebration parade with his older sister.
‘Getting shot multiple times at a time that was ment (sic) to bring so much joy to many you have bought (sic) pain and sadness to all that was attending.’
The sibling, who asked to remain anonymous, said: ‘For them to make my brother out to be a monster, it really hurts me inside because he was only trying to protect us.
‘He doesn’t deserve to be thrown in it like that. My brother is tall and broad, he’s hefty. They were young kids and little guys, trying to prove a point.
‘They had been looking at him, and they approached us, they walked closer, they had been staring at him. We can see that they have guns in their pockets.
One youth in a red hooded sweater is seen hastily pulling his backpack off him as if he is reaching for something within it during the fracas
Eye witnesses claimed that this man seen holding a bloodied hand over his mouth had been shot in the face during the fight
At a press conference on Tuesday, prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, seen here, said Miller is believed to have killed Lisa Lopez-Galvan who died in the shooting
‘We never walked up to them, they walked up to us.’
‘One boy I asked how old he was, and he said he was 15. I tried to say we’re here to celebrate, we’re not here to fight or start violence.
His sister added: ‘They had been looking at him, and they approached us, they walked closer they had been staring at him. We can see that they have guns in their pockets.
‘We never walked up to them, they walked up to us. One boy I asked how old he was, and he said he was 15. I tried to say we’re here to celebrate, we’re not here to fight or start violence.’
Baker also said at the press conference that the Jackson County Prosecutors Office was ‘not done yet’ and that a number of other suspects who were involved in the shooting are being sought.
The two men have been hospitalized with injuries following the shooting and remain in hospital as of Tuesday, Peters Baker said.
If found guilty, the two could face life behind bars and are being held on a $1,000,000 bond.
The 22 people injured range in age from eight to 47, according to police Chief Stacey Graves. With half of them under the age of 16.
People flee after shots were fired near the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl LVIII victory parade on February 14, 2024, in Kansas City, Missouri
Police initially detained three juveniles but released one who they determined was not involved in the shooting.
Images circulating on social media show at least five people being taken into custody following the shooting.
As investigators continue to work the case, bullets and shell casings left behind at the scene have become key pieces of evidence.
Specialists from the ATF are working to connect firearms owned by suspects to debris left at the scene, a law enforcement source told cnn.
Amid claims that one of the gunmen span in a circle to pepper as many people with bullets as possible, bullets lodged in the surrounding area have also been taken for analysis.
Those bullets left in the over two dozen victims would ideally be matched to specific firearms taken from suspects to determine which gun was responsible for each victim.
Because shell casings are left with a unique mark by firearms, similarly to fingerprints, the analysis may also determine if the guns were used in other crimes in the Kansas City area.
It comes after several witnesses have given harrowing accounts of the moment the family event descended into mayhem.
Witness Rick Reichmeier said he was separated from his family when the shooting began, before seeing a woman with ‘blood coming out of her mouth as they were pumping her chest’
Shooting victim Jacob Gooch Jr (pictured) said his wife and daughter, who were also shot, heard a woman pleading with a gunman not to start firing, seconds before the shooter span in circles to hit as many people as possible
A woman with a large cut on her face was seen being stretched away from the scene
Since news of her passing, friends and family have started paying tribute to Lopez-Galvan on social media
Witnesses described a chilling scene of victims being shot and people getting trampled in the mayhem.
Upwards of a million people were expected to have gathered in Kansas City for the celebration, exacerbating the French scenes as the huge crowds formed a stampede to run for safety.
Tributes have poured in for the mother of two, who passed away during emergency surgery in hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Her devastated family said on Friday: ‘We are heartbroken with the loss of our loved one… We ask to please keep our family in your prayers as we grieve the loss of Lisa’s death while also supporting our other loved ones who were impacted in this senseless act.’
Local Democrat Manny Abarca who was a friend of Lopez-Galvan’s spoke about her impact in an interview with TalkTV’s Jeremy Kyle and Rosie Wright on Talk Today.
‘It’s a tragic situation. I was there with my six year old daughter, Camilla and we went from catching confetti to hiding in a bathroom, not knowing what our fate may be. Unfortunately, this is the state of large events like this in America.
‘We have to look out for those with weapons that are readily accessible, and accessible particularly in states like Missouri.’