A Missouri man has been charged over the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old friend inside a McDonald’s bathroom.
Officers responded to the McDonald’s on Highway 7 in Blue Springs, Missouri after a report of shots fired at around 7.50 p.m. on Monday, the Blue Springs Police Department said in a news release.
They identified the victim in the shooting as Harry Bowers, of Lee’s Summit. Bowers was found shot inside a bathroom and was taken to a hospital, where he died, Fox4 reported.
Joseph Mayes, 20, has since been charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in connection with the shooting, The Kansas City Star reported.
According to the newspaper, a manager at the McDonald’s told police she is “good friends” with Bowers.
Court documents say the manager told police she had been hanging out with Bowers, Mayes and another man at the restaurant on Monday night, WDAF-TV reported.
When the restaurant ran out of ketchup, she had gone to another McDonald’s nearby to get more.
She was outside when Mayes then came running out of the McDonald’s saying he had accidentally shot Bowers. He then fled the scene, according to the court documents.
Blue Springs police were informed by police in nearby Grain Valley that Mayes and another man had traveled there to find a place to “hide out,” according to the station.
Officers with Grain Valley police then took Mayes and two others into custody shortly before 10 p.m.
In an interview with Blue Springs police on Tuesday, Mayes told officers that he and Bowers often pointed guns at each other.
Mayes said he was at the urinal in the McDonald’s bathroom when Bowers came up behind him, placed his gun to Mayes’ stomach and “pulled the trigger to hear it click,” according to the Star.
The court documents say Mayes then pulled out his own gun, pointed it at Bowers and pulled the trigger. Mayes told police he didn’t know there was a bullet in his gun.
Mayes went to check on Bowers, who had fallen to the ground. “You shot me,” Bowers told Mayes, according to WDAF-TV.
Mayes told police he then fled the restaurant, met up with friends and tried to change the way he looked. He went to the home of a relative, who convinced him to turn himself in, the station reported.
The court documents said Mayes asked about Bowers in his police interview. After learning that Bowers had died, Mayes “became very emotional and started crying.”
The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, the Blue Springs Police Department and McDonald’s have been contacted for additional comment.
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