Kansas man sentenced for wounding teen amid fireworks fray

February 20, 2019 - 7:36 pm

A Lawrence man has been sentenced to 17 months in prison for shooting and wounding a girl, 17, as several people shot fireworks at him.

Rashan Gill, 21, apologized at Tuesday's hearing, saying through tears that he "will never forget" what happened and that he could have killed the girl. In the early morning hours of July 5, 2018, he shot at a group of people who were firing Roman candle fireworks at him and his apartment.

One of the shots hit the girl who was in the group's car. She suffered serious injuries but survived.

After a judge rejected Gill's argument that he was justified in the shooting under Kansas' stand-your-ground law, he pleaded no contest in January to attempted aggravated battery.

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