The teenager who was shot by an elderly homeowner after mistakenly approaching the wrong house has been released from the hospital.
16-year-old Ralph Yarl from Kansas City, Missouri, was shot twice through the glass of the front door after he rang the doorbell of a homeowner in his 80s.
According to the preliminary reports, Ralph was about to pick up his twin brothers from a property just a block away when he approached the elderly man’s house at 10 pm on April 13.
Thinking he got the right address, the boy made his way to the front door after pulling into the driveway. He then pressed the doorbell before the owner shot him in the head through the glass.
Following the incident, Ralph was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. His family, however, has now shared the good news saying the was in a stable enough condition to be relocated.
The 16-year-old will now reportedly continue his recovery from the comfort of his home and in the company of his mother, who is a nurse.
While the shooter has yet to be named, it is believed that the police had taken the elderly man into custody before releasing him just two hours later according to the Yarl family’s attorney, Lee Merritt.
Clay County prosecutor Zachary Thompson further suggested that the prosecutor’s office has yet to receive a criminal referral from the local police department and present charges against the suspect.
“I cannot say for certain why the appropriate arrest hasn’t been made by law enforcement. I can say with absolute certainty the excuses being offered are not true,” Merritt tweeted.
In another tweet, he explained: “The suspect was not detained for 24 hours. He was released in under 2 hours after providing a statement to police. Police took a recorded statement from Ralph from his hospital bed Friday.”
Our thoughts remain with Ralph and his family as his recovery continues.
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