Homeowner charged for shooting teen Ralph Yarl | USA TODAY

Prosecuting attorney Zachary Thompson said there was a “racial component” in the shooting of 16-year-old Ralph Yarl in Kansas City.

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Prosecuting Attorney Zachary Thompson said at a news conference that there was a “racial component” to the incident last Thursday night. Yarl is recovering at home after being released Sunday from the hospital. But nothing in the charging documents says the shooting was racially motivated, Thompson clarified.

“We understand how frustrating this has been but I can assure the criminal justice system is working and will continue to work,” Thompson said.

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