A pregnant teenager has died a week after being shot in the head at a Missouri mall as a suspect being charged with murder.

Karla Brown, 19, was taken off life support and succumbed to her injuries nearly a week after the shooting at Independence Center, a shopping mall in Independence, Missouri.

MarkAnthony Greer, 21, was charged with three counts of unlawful use of a weapon and three counts of armed criminal action, but those charges with be updated following Brown’s death, authorities said, 

Brown enjoyed working at IHOP and was excited to become mother. Her unborn baby Max lost heartbeat a day after the shooting, the Kansas City Star reported. 

The tragedy took place last Friday afternoon when two groups encountered each other at the mall entrance, leading to an altercation.

Independence police responded to a shooting at around 2.20pm Friday near the north entrance of the mall, and found four injured people at the scene. 

Karla Brown (pictured), 19, died a week after being shot in the head at a Missouri mall as a suspect being charged with murder

Karla Brown (pictured), 19, died a week after being shot in the head at a Missouri mall as a suspect being charged with murder

MarkAnthony Greer, 21, was charged with three counts of unlawful use of a weapon and three counts of armed criminal action, but those charges with be updated following Brown's death

MarkAnthony Greer, 21, was charged with three counts of unlawful use of a weapon and three counts of armed criminal action, but those charges with be updated following Brown’s death

The shooting took place last Friday afternoon when two groups encountered each other at Independence Center in Missouri, leading to an altercation

The shooting took place last Friday afternoon when two groups encountered each other at Independence Center in Missouri, leading to an altercation

The suspect Greer was heading to the mall’s north exit with two other people when another group passed by, a probable cause statement submitted by detectives show. 

The argument between two groups likely started because of Greer’s prior romantic relationship with someone in the second group – which included Brown. 

A person involved in the shooting told police that Greer pulled out gun and fired multiple shots at Brown’s group, which prompted the group to ran into the mall and abandon Brown. 

 Surveillance footage reviewed by the police shows Brown did not follow closely with her group when they encountered Greer and started the argument. 

She was sitting on a bench about 30 feet away from the two group, but was in Greer’s ‘direct line of fire’, authorities said. 

The rest of Brown’s group left the mall in a Ford Taurus, but was stopped by police officers rushing to the scene. 

The argument between two groups likely started because of Greer's prior romantic relationship with someone in the second group - which included Brown (pictured)

The argument between two groups likely started because of Greer’s prior romantic relationship with someone in the second group – which included Brown (pictured)

Brown was sitting on a bench about 30 feet away from the two group, but was in Greer's 'direct line of fire'

Brown was sitting on a bench about 30 feet away from the two group, but was in Greer’s ‘direct line of fire’

Greer was shot in the back, a person in Brown’s group was shot in their leg, and another victim shot in the leg had no connection with either group, according to court documents. 

Greer was charged with three counts of armed criminal action and three counts of unlawful use of a weapon Monday, but those charges will updated following Brown’s death, Officer Kelley Rupert told the Associated Press

The 21-year-old suspect is in jail on a $250,000 cash only bond. He has a bond hearing scheduled for next Tuesday.

Tina Ellison, a friend of Brown’s family, established a GoFundMe page, which has raised more than $5,000 as of Friday. 

‘At a time when they should be planning for their soon to be grandson Max, Jennifer and Chris are now having to plan their daughters funeral,’ Ellison said. 

She added that the family is donating Brown’s organ so that ‘she can live on through others’. 

Ellison said Brown was shopping to prepare for her unborn baby and trying to get to safety before the shooting tragically took her life. 

The rest of Brown's group left the mall in a Ford Taurus, but was stopped by police officers rushing to the scene

The rest of Brown’s group left the mall in a Ford Taurus, but was stopped by police officers rushing to the scene

The mall does have a substation operated by the Independence Police Department, but it was unstaffed on Friday due to the Veterans Day Holiday

The mall does have a substation operated by the Independence Police Department, but it was unstaffed on Friday due to the Veterans Day Holiday

Taylor added that officers on duty during holidays would be paid more and said: 'Everybody is forced off because we don't want to pay overtime for that right?'

Taylor added that officers on duty during holidays would be paid more and said: ‘Everybody is forced off because we don’t want to pay overtime for that right?’

The mall does have a substation operated by the Independence Police Department, but it was unstaffed on Friday due to the Veterans Day Holiday. 

‘If we were full staffed, we’d have two, but we’re running short,’ Independence Police Public Information Officer Jack Taylor said in an interview with FOX4 Monday. 

‘So, we’ve got one officer there. We’ve got two supervisors that work out of there that they just use for their offices.’ 

Taylor added that officers on duty during holidays would be paid more and said: ‘Everybody is forced off because we don’t want to pay overtime for that right?’ 

‘Because that costs a lot more, so we have to look at what’s the balance between providing the safety and then not over exceeding costs and things like that.

‘That’s generally why a lot of our staff is off on a holiday because we just don’t pay for everyone to be here.’ 

Source: | This article originally belongs to Daily Mail

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