The heartbroken mother of a black teenager shot after mistakenly approaching the wrong property says he is 'replaying the situation over and over'.
Cleo Nagbe said her son Ralph Yarl is able to communicate 'when he feels like it' after being shot in the head and arm on April 13.
The 16-year-old approached a property in Kansas City, Missouri, thinking he was collecting his two younger brothers but was instead shot and rushed to hospital in a critical condition.
Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Andrew Lester, 84, on suspicion of first-degree assault and armed criminal action.
Nagbe told CBS News that her son was waiting for a hug from his twin brothers but instead 'got a couple of bullets'.
Cleo Nagbe, with attorney Lee Merritt, said that her son Ralph Yarl is able to communicate 'when he feels like it'
Ralph was shot in the head and the arm on April 13 after mistakenly ringing the doorbell at the Missouri property where he thought he was meant to pick up his younger twin brothers
Yarl is said to be recovering, but his mother said he mostly 'just sits there and stares and the buckets of tears just rolls down his eyes'.
She said that the bullet in his arm was not removed for 12 hours, and that the residual effect of the injury is going to stay with him for 'quite a while'.
Speaking to CBS News she said: 'You can see that he is just replaying the situation over and over again.
'And that just doesn't stop my tears either, because when you see your kid just sits there and constantly he just— tears are just rolling for both sides of his eyes, there's nothing you can say to him.
'He went and rang the doorbell. And he was supposed to stay outside, and his brothers were supposed to run outside, get in the car and they come home.
'While he was standing there, his brothers didn't run outside, but he got a couple of bullets in his body instead of a couple of twins coming up, out, and giving him a hug.'
Yarl is also surrounded by a team of medical professionals, with Nagbe working as a nurse for 20 years as well as his aunt and uncle.
His mother revealed that a CT scan said there were 'minimal fragments of bullets' in his brain, with doctors being left baffled after he was shot at such a close range.
A witness added that they heard 'two or three gunshots' from Lester's home, and heard Yarl screaming that he had been shot
It comes after Lester told police that he was 'scared to death' of Yarl standing at his front door.
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Hetold Kansas City Police Department that shooting Yarlwas the 'last thing he wanted to do' but was terrified of the teenager because of his size and age.
Family lawyer Lee Merritt said it was 'unjustifiable' for Lester to shoot Yarl at point blank range, saying his claim of being scared is 'awfully familiar.'
Merritt told CBS: 'We know that blackness in and of itself is seen as a threat in this country. When we hear him say I fear for my life and he was only being confronted with a 16-year-old ringing his doorbell.
'It is unjustifiable for him to use deadly force. We want to know more about Andrew Lester and his mindset.
'I remind you that the former and current president of the US is about that age it's not sort of over the hill for everyone he had a opportunity to make intentional decisions and he decided to shoot a 16-year-old boy.'
The family are 'happy' that there are two felony charges being brought, but said that they will be looking into if their 'civil rights were violated'.
Ralph was shot in the head and the arm on April 13 after mistakenly ringing the doorbell at the Missouri property where he thought he was meant to pick up his younger twin brothers.
A probable cause affidavit seen by DailyMail.com reveals that cops discovered a Smith and Wesson .32 caliber revolver with two spent shell casings still in the cylinder after officers arrived at the scene.
Police say Yarl was shot after he knocked on the door, with Lester telling officers he saw him 'pulling on the door handle' – something which the teenager denies.
Yarl also told authorities that Lester told him 'don't come around here' after being shot in the head and the arm through the glass at the front of the house.
Lester shot twice within seconds of opening the door, according to his statement, and claims that no words were exchanged
Andrew Lester, 84, told Kansas City Police Department that shooting Ralph Yarl, 16, was the 'last thing he wanted to do' but was terrified of the teenager because of his size and age
The property also had a sign claiming it was 'protected by surveillance cameras'
Lester shot twice within seconds of opening the door, according to his statement, and claims that no words were exchanged.
The document revealed that he was shot in the left forehead, and right arm, with a neighbor telling cops they thought it was 'odd' for their 'elderly neighbor to have a visitor this late at night'.
A witness added that they heard 'two or three gunshots' from Lester's home, and heard Yarl screaming that he had been shot.
Clay County Prosecutors' Office last night announced that Lester would be charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action – which could see him face the rest of his life behind bars.
Lester was initially arrested shortly after the incident, and was booked at the KCPD East Patrol building where he was photographed and fingerprinted.
He was then released on the advice of Clay County's prosecutor, and has yet to be re-arrested – with his current whereabouts unknown.
A warrant was issued last night for his arrest, with Lester telling officers that he felt he was 'protecting himself' at the property where he says he lives alone.
Lester also claimed that he called 911 after the shooting, claiming that Yarl 'ran away' after the incident.
However, the statement shows that he was 'visibly upset' and 'repeatedly expressed concern' for Yarl during the interview.
He said he 'believed he was protecting himself from a physical confrontation and could not take the chance of the male coming in'.
Ralph Yarl, 16, was shot twice in the head by a white man after he approached the wrong house by mistake when going to collect his siblings
The house is Kansas City, Missouri had a 'no solicitors' sign on top of the doorbell which Ralph mistakenly rang
A talented bass clarinet player, Ralph also leads a section of his school's marching band and plays multiple instruments in the Northland Symphony Youth Orchestra
Yarl told officers that he pressed the doorbell and waited outside of the door, adding that the man inside 'took a long time but finally opened the door holding a firearm.'
MISSOURI 'STAND YOUR GROUND' LAWS
Missouri is one of twenty US states which has stand-your-ground laws, which removes the duty to retreat before using deadly force in self-defense.
The law permits homeowners to protect themselves, or a third party (with exceptions) with deadly force should a person feel it is necessary.
According to Missouri Revised Statutes 563.031 residents must be faced with a threat before shooting trespassers on the property.
It states: '[Protective] force is used against a person who unlawfully enters, remains after unlawfully entering, or attempts to unlawfully enter a dwelling, residence, or vehicle lawfully occupied by such person.'
'Stand-your-ground' laws roughly define how an individual can defend themselves when faced with an imminent threat anywhere else; imminent being a keyword here because even threatening words towards a defending person can lead to a justified homicide.
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Officers took a hard drive from Lester's home to preserve video, but the video system was 'no longer functional.'
Lester's home had signs warning trespassers and unwelcomed visitors, though it is unclear if Yarl saw any of them before approaching the property.
The doorbell had a small 'no solicitors' sign on top while another sign claimed the property was 'protected by surveillance cameras.'
Clay County prosecutor Zachary Thompson announced the two felony charges on Monday, and confirmed that there was a 'racial component' to the case but would not elaborate further.
Merritt added that Yarl's legal team was not aware of what the 'racial element' of the case was which was announced by Clay County Prosecutors office on Monday night.
He said: 'It's a white shooter and a black boy. The man in his 80s went home and slept in his bed that night. But I'm not sure what the prosecutor was referring to exactly.'
Lester's bond is set at $200,000. If convicted, he could face life in prison for the assault charge, and 3 to 15 years for armed criminal action.
President Joe Biden rang the Yarl family on Monday, and invited them to the White House when Ralph is well enough.
Yarl's mother revealed that they spoke about music, with the President saying that if his family had to rely on his musical skills then they would 'die hungry' - and the teen quipping that Biden 'had jokes'.
Crump added that it was a tragedy it had taken the prosecutor so long to charge Lester, saying: 'I think it is appropriate, you can't send a message to society that it's okay to shoot black people in the head just for ringing your doorbell.
A probable cause affidavit seen by DailyMail.com reveals that cops discovered a Smith and Wesson .32 caliber revolver with two spent shell casings still in the cylinder after officers arrived at the scene
'Gun violence against unarmed black individuals must stop. Our children should feel safe, not as though they are being hunted.
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'While this is certainly a step in the right direction, we will continue to fight for Ralph while he works towards a full recovery.'
Thompson, asked why Lester was not charged with attempted murder, said they had decided to charge him with an 'a felony' because it was the most serious crime.
Lester was taken in for questioning immediately after the shooting, but was released two hours after he was arrested – without any charges.
Police took a statement from Ralph in hospital last Friday before he was released on Monday, to continue to recover at home with his mother - who is a nurse.
'He continues to improve. He's responsive and he's making good progress,' said his father, Paul.
Celebrities have been quick to support the teenager, actresses Viola Davis, Jennifer Hudson and Halle Berry calling for justice.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said he hopes 'the justice system does right by him.'
Jennifer Aniston called on her followers to demand 'an immediate arrest' of the shooter.
She also posted the prosecutor's contact address and said: 'Use the contact information below to demand Prosecutor Zachary Thompson make an immediate arrest and bring the appropriate charges.'
Her comment comes as a GoFundMe fundraiser set up by Yarl's aunt has raised more than $2.7million for the teenager just one day after it was created.
Jason Lynch (pictured), 42, said he was ready to go to bed after a shower when heard shouting outside his home and heard somebody screaming: 'Help, help, I've been shot!' The voice turned out to be 16-year-old shooting victim Ralph Yarl
Jennifer Aniston is the latest celebrity to demand justice for the teenager and explained what happened to him in a serious of Instagram Stories.She also posted the prosecutor's contact address and said: 'Use the contact information below to demand Prosecutor Zachary Thompson make an immediate arrest and bring the appropriate charges'
Ralph, center, was said to be trying to pick up his younger siblings from a friend's house but went to the wrong address
A Good Samaritan who rushed to help Yarl has revealed what awful condition the boy was in when he found him.
Neighbour Jason Lynch, 42, said he was ready to go to bed after a shower when heard shouting outside his home and heard somebody screaming: 'Help, help, I've been shot!'
He went over to his kitchen window and saw Yarl banging on the door of a nearby home before seeing him lying down on the ground, bloody and motionless.
'I thought he was dead,' Lynch admitted. 'He didn't deserve to get shot.'
The father of three sprung into action, running outside and hopping a fence before racing across the street to meet Yarl.
The teenager's family branded the incident a 'hate crime'.
Ralph's aunt, Dr Faith Spoonmore, said her nephew had to knock on three doors before he was helped, and even then was told to lie on the floor with his hands above his head.
'This was not an 'error'. This is a hate crime. You don't shoot a child in the head because he rang your doorbell,' she said.
Ralph's family have labeled his shooting a hate crime
Actresses Viola Davis and Halle Berry are calling for justice for the academically gifted teenager and is putting pressure on Kansas City Prosecutor Zachary Thompson to bring 'appropriate charges'
Ralph was known among his peers for his intellect and for being a 'musical genius', before he was shot in the head and arm.
The teen had received a letter from Yale Undergraduate Admissions Board identifying him as a 'good candidate' for the prestigious university.
Ralph is part of his high school's Technology Student Association and Science Olympia Team, plays in the marching, jazz, and competition band, and is one of the top base clarinet players in Missouri.
He had big dreams of attending college after being recognized as a Missouri scholar academy alumni in 2022.
Ralph's attorneys specialize in civil rights and previously represented the families of Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Cameron Lamb.