Missouri prosecutor decries store owner’s shooting of teen

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A Kansas City, Missouri, area prosecutor says she’s seeking the highest punishment for a store clerk accused of shooting a teenager who allegedly was shoplifting cookies.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker’s office charged 26-year-old Mohammed Abdi on Wednesday with first-degree assault, which is punishable by up to life in prison. He’s also charged with armed criminal action _ a count that carries mandatory prison time.

Police say Abdi shot a 16-year-old in the leg Tuesday at a Pic N Save store as the teen was walking out the door. The teen is expected to survive.

Baker tells KMBC-TV that while she understands stealing is a crime, it’s not worth a shooting and that “simply put, this can’t happen.”

Online court records don’t show whether Abdi has an attorney.
Information from: KMBC-TV