St. Louis Police have arrested and charged a man believed to be the shooter in an incident that claimed the life of a 9-year-old girl who was doing homework on her mother’s bed.
Authorities were not able to provide a motive in the shooting death of Jamyla Bolden, who lived not far from the location where Michael Brown Jr. was killed by a former Ferguson police officer a year before. De’Eris Brown, 21, was arrested by St. Louis County police and U.S. marshals on Wednesday night at a nearby hospital, where he was visiting a patient. Brown was charged with “one count of second-degree murder, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and three counts of armed criminal action” for the Aug. 18 incident, the St. Louis Dispatch reports.
The shooting also injured Kendric Henderson, the young girl’s mother. She was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and released from the hospital shortly after. Henderson and Jamyla were not the intended targets, police said.
It is, however, unclear if the victims were connected to the suspect in any way.
From The Dispatch:
Late Thursday afternoon, a man outside the bullet-pocked house in the 9200 block of Ellison Drive, who identified himself as Jamyla’s grandfather, declined to say whether Brown was known to the family. He said the relatives might say more Friday.
Police said Brown was not related to the victims but would not say whether he had some connection to them, citing the ongoing investigation.
In court documents, Ferguson police Detective William Ballard said a witness identified Brown as the shooter, and an informer came forward to say Brown admitted shooting into the home the night of Aug. 18.
This isn’t Brown’s first brush with the law. He is currently on probation after pleading guilty to “two counts of second-degree robbery,” the Dispatch writes. He was also charged with a misdemeanor assault after threatening his ex-girlfriend with a gun at her place of employment in 2014.
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