Man arrested for shooting two little boys while they played with their family pet


CHARLOTTE, NC – A man has been arrested after he allegedly shot two boys while they were playing with their family pet. 

The two boys were playing on a balcony with the family pet, a rabbit, while the father was cooking dinner.  Police allege that’s when the suspect, Jatarius Jones, allegedly opened fire on September 22nd, hitting three different apartments and the two young boys, 11 and 5.

The 11-year-old was shot in the back of the head while the 5-year-old was shot in the side.  Police from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as well as medics rushed to the scene.  Both children were rushed to an area hospital for medical treatment. 

The Police advised that the 5-year-old is doing well and the 11-year-old’s condition has been improving since being shot.  The older child is expected to survive but police state that he will have a long road to recovery ahead of him.

Lieutenant Alan Green, from CMPD, said in the early stages of the investigation, they had a citizen approach the officers and tell them a “small piece of information” about a potential suspect vehicle and the people that were associated with it. 

Green said that while officers were working the investigation, trying unsuccessfully to locate any video surveillance, roughly an hour and a half after the shooting, a separate shooting was reported in a different division.  Green stated that this shooting was a during a road rage incident.

Officers located the suspect vehicle and a vehicle pursuit ensued.  Green advised the vehicle pursuit ended, however, did not state how.  However, officers were able to arrest three occupants from that vehicle and seize three firearms.

Green stated that their crime analyst had been working for several hours through the night and was able to match up the vehicle being used in the road rage shooting to be the same as what was described at the scene of the shooting of the children.

Green said that they started to work on identifying the different locations that vehicle had been.  Most of this was done by utilizing traffic cameras in the area which eventually led to that vehicle being at the apartment complex during the time of the shooting.

The Police advise that the only encouraging thing that happened after this outrageous act of violence against children was that they were able to take Jones into custody for the shooting.  Jones was arrested for one count of firearm by felon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.  He is being held on no bond.

Green said:

“I think it’s important to note…that vital, that small piece of information we were supplied on Monday night helped us put this puzzle together.  It’s important to note…we talk about this on crime scenes…we talk about this during interviews…it’s vitally important that we get information from citizens. 

“And I think it’s even more important that this citizen came over to up very early on in the investigation.  This wasn’t a week or two down the line, this was very early.  And we were able to match that back up and…make this arrest.”

Green was asked by reporters at a news conference if he knew what had led up to Jones allegedly firing and striking the two children.  He advised that they had some of an idea but the investigation was still in its early stages so he did not want to go into further detail as of yet.

Green said that they did not believe that the children were intended targets, but rather they were shot due to Jones’ recklessness. 


Black children are being killed across the country – why isn’t Black Lives Matter demanding justice?

As Black Lives Matter activists chant “say their name” in the streets while they destroy, loot, and assault, children are being shot and even killed all over the country due to an increase in violence thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement, and yet no one is saying their names. 

On Wednesday, September 2nd, a four year old girl and her mother were playing in Oak Park in Kansas City, MO, when a silver vehicle opened fire on another vehicle, and the innocent girl was shot by a stray bullet. 

The unidentified four year old was shot in the leg, and taken to the hospital with non-life threaten injuries, although it is unknown what her current prognosis is. 

According to Fox4, officers were in the area at the time of the shooting, and when they arrived on scene, they found the girl’s mother cradling her bleeding daughter on the ground, police said.

There have still been no arrests made in this case, but anyone with information is urged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477. 

This four year old girl was very lucky to escape with only a bullet to the leg, although as a parent, the thought of my child getting shot is something I cannot fathom, let alone, be thankful they were”just” shot in the leg. 

In Atlanta, Georgia, another girl was not as lucky. 

On July 4th, eight year old Secoriea Turner was shot and killed while riding in the backseat of a Jeep Cherokee with her mother. The shooting occurred when the SUV came upon a makeshift roadblock on University Avenue in south Atlanta.

According to police, the Jeep attempted to go around the roadblock when it was fired upon at least eight times. 

Secoriea Turner

Though multiple suspects were said to be involved, only one person, 19-year-old Julian Conley, was arrested and charged with murder and two counts of aggravated assault, however, he tells a very different story of what took place that night.

Conley claims that the Jeep rammed through the barricade and struck an armed man. Once the man stood up, he began firing upon the car, although this account does not match police evidence. 

According to AJC, Secoriea’s mother, Charmaine Turner, said she heard her daughter scream and call out for her.

She said:

“I just felt her trying to hold on, but she couldn’t,” she said previously. “Nobody helped me. I prayed to God and He didn’t help me. My baby died in my arms.”

Although Conley remains behind bars, police have been unable to make an arrest of the person who actually fired the shots on eight year old Secoriea. Her family is urging anyone with information to come forward. There has been a $50,000 reward offered, in addition to her parents placing billboard up around the area of the incident.
Those billboards read:
“My name is Secoriea Turner. I was 8 years old when I was murdered. Protecting children is not snitching. Help my family identify who killed me.”

The family of Secoriea Turner put up two billboards along University Avenue where she was killed on July 4. They're asking anyone with information on her death to come forward.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Anyone with any information on the case is urged to come forward. 

In another heartbreaking tragedy, a one year old boy, Ace Lucas, was shot in the head and killed while laying on his couch with his twin brother, Arcel. 

On July 22, around 2:30 a.m., police say gunmen shot into this house on Claredon Avenue SW several times.

Police searching for gunmen who killed 1-year-old twin boy Ace Lucas

According to 19News, Canton Police released video of the gunmen where you can see two suspects caught on camera, walking around with guns in their hands and lurking in the back of the home just before 2:30 a.m.

While asleep in their living room, Ace was fatally shot in the head, and Arcel was shot in the leg, and is said to be recovering from his injuries. 

Anyone with information is urged to call Canton Police at 330-649-5800 or 330-489-3144.

These are all cases of innocent children losing their lives for something they had nothing to do with. These children are someones daughters or sons, brothers or sisters, granddaughters or grandsons, who had their whole lives ahead of them, and didn’t need to die. 

The Black Lives Matter movement came in under the pretense of “change” and “reform”, which we can all get onboard with, however, that is not how it remained. It turned into violence and looting and an over all excuse to create anarchy in the streets. 

Police were told to take a back seat to crime fighting, and criminals took full advantage of that. Shootings and violent crime rates are soaring in most major cities, and police are not able to do a thing about it, as politicians are running the show with their own skewed agendas. 

Someone needs to stand up and start putting an end to this violence. Someone needs to stand up and start saying the names of these children, and the many many more who have lose their lives since this mayhem began in May. 

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Here is another story Law Enforcement Today brought you about another innocent child who lose his life in Chicago. 

CHICAGO, IL – On Friday, July 31, 2020, nine-year old Janari Ricks played with friends behind the Cabrini Green townhomes on North Cambridge Avenue.

At about 6:45 p.m., he was shot twice; once in the back and once in the arm, and killed.

Like most kids his age, Janari had a lifetime of events and memories in store for him. And then he was robbed of all that, as were his parents, extended family, friends, and all those who would have otherwise come to know him. 

July of 2020 was a bad month for Chicago. There were more than double the number of homicides from the same month in the previous year, 105 compared to 44.

The last time a higher number was recorded was twenty-eight years ago, in September of 1992, when 109 homicides were committed.

The mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, likened gun homicide to covid-19, describing it as “a health crisis.”

She went on to suggest that gun violence be treated as one would any other disease, with mental health professionals, street outreach, support for “community police officers” and gun control.

Lightfoot’s idea isn’t new and it hasn’t gotten any better with age. It would be nice if mental health professionals could search Chicago for troubled individuals and help them, thus preventing gun violence.

That picture might work if we had some reason to believe that all or most crimes involving gun violence were perpetrated by people suffering from mental illness.

It makes sense that gun crimes are committed by the mentally ill, because logically, who else would do it?

We’ve seen 200 mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and 2012, and many of them were perpetrated by people diagnosed with schizophrenia. However, 200 cases isn’t enough to establish statistical validity.

A better number to work with is the 120,000 gun-related killings recorded nationwide between 2001-2010. Of those, less than 5% were caused by people suffering from mental illness.

This doesn’t mean we should give guns to schizophrenics, confident that they will only commit five percent of gun-related murders. It means that we shouldn’t expect to solve more than five percent of the problem by utilizing the methods suggested by Lightfoot.

Lightfoot’s resolve to uphold law and order in Chicago can be seen in her response to demands made by the Marxist group Black Lives Matter (BLM). They told her to remove two statues of Christopher Columbus.

Lightfoot complied.

Her commitment to law and order, it seems, only extends as far as she is allowed by her leash, held firmly by Marxist agitators who seek to destroy law and order in Chicago and around the country. Lightfoot’s record speaks for her. More than double the number of gun crimes from the previous year.

The investigation of Janari Ricks’ murder has resulted in the arrest of 39-year-old Darrell Johnson.

Johnson previously served four years in prison for carjacking and weapons charges and two years’ probation for battery. Thanks to a surveillance video and police work, Johnson was identified and captured.

His arrest and, if found guilty, his punishment, will not bring Janari back. Janari is gone forever. The capture of Darrell Johnson may have prevented more murders he would have otherwise committed. Maybe he would benefit from some form of mental health treatment.

One thing that is certain is that Janari Ricks won’t benefit from anything that Lori Lightfoot’s office, Johnson’s prosecutor, or anyone else might do.

The best thing anyone could have done for Janari would have been to keep Darrell Johnson away from him and every other potential victim. The impulse to sympathize with the mental illnesses suffered by some criminals, their drug addictions, lack of intelligence, and the circumstances they inhabit shows that we are human.

However, if we allow altruistic impulses to favor the forces of destruction and evil, we will only encourage more tragedies like the death of Janari Ricks, left lying alone on the ground on a hot July afternoon.

One last thing, not that it matters and it doesn’t, but both Janari Ricks and Darrell Johnson are black. What matters is that one human, for whatever reason, killed another. That matters. It matters a lot.

As we reported earlier this week, the number of shooting victims under the age of 10 has tripled since last year. At the end of July 2020, 24 children, 10 years and younger were shot and five of those innocent children lost their lives.

According to Fox News, as of July 31st, there were 2,268 shooting victims of various ages for the year, marking a dramatic increase of 45 percent over the same time frame in 2019.

Of those who were shot, 222 victims were 17 or younger, showing an increase of 36 percent when compared to last year’s statistics.

Additionally, there were 30 children under the age of 17 who were shot to death in 2020, compared with 19 from previous year’s count. Many of the victims were shot while playing in their yards, lounging in their homes, walking down the street, or sitting in car seats. Several of the tragic deaths were infants under the age of 1-year-old.

Over the weekend, 25 people were shot. Nine of those individuals died from their gunshot wounds, including a young boy, who has since been identified as Janari Ricks.

Ricks, a 9-year-old boy was playing with a group of friends when he was shot in the chest. He was pronounced dead an hour after being transported to Lurie Children’s Hospital.

According to police, the gunman walked up to the children and opened fire. Brian McDermott, the Chief of Operations for the Chicago Police said that the young boy, Ricks, was an unintended target. 

Rick’s mother, Jalisa Ford told the Chicago Sun-Times that her son was a straight-A honor roll student preparing to start fourth grade. He called himself “Young Curry” in reference to his favorite basketball player, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Ford said:

“If he wasn’t able to pursue his dreams of becoming an athlete he wanted to do construction. He wanted to help rebuild the community, rebuild something that the kids can enjoy later down the line.”

Ford said that her son had been inside most of the day before the shooting. She said:

“He didn’t come out until 5 and he came out to play with his friends and my baby never been able to make it back home. He was very, very loved by so many people, everything knew him, everyone.”

Darrell Johnson, 39 is facing a first-degree murder charge in the murder of Ricks. Allegedly, surveillance video shows Johnson coming to and from the area of the shooting. Multiple witnesses also identified Johnson as the shooter.

On Monday, during a news conference, Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan credited neighbors with helping officers find Johnson as quickly as they did. Deehihan said in a statement:

“We’re not in this position without the help of the community who came forward and gave us information, which allowed us to identify and arrest the suspect.”

Johnson’s criminal history includes a 2005 conviction for aggravated vehicular highjacking. He was sentenced to serve four years in prison for committing the crime. 

Back on July 4th, a 7-year-old girl was fatally shot at a Fourth of July party with her family. According to reports, the girl was standing on the sidewalk in the 100 block of North Latrobe just after 7 p.m. Two shooters got out of a light-colored car and opened fire in her direction.

The young girl, since identified as Natalia Wallace, was rushed to Stroger Hospital, but was later pronounced dead. According to the autopsy, she died from her injuries and her death has been ruled a homicide. 

So far, police have arrested three men allegedly involved in the deadly shooting of Natalia. Charges have been filed against Reginald Merrill, 33, the alleged driver in the shooting and Davion Mitchell, 22, one of the alleged shooters. 

Terrell Boyd, 30, is now the third person charged in her murder. He was arrested on Monday on a warrant in Racine, Wisconsin.

Chicago is not the only city seeing a spike in gun violence where young children and teenagers end up being the unintended targets. In New York City, there have been 237 homicides in 2020 compared to 181 for the same time frame last year.

In Atlanta, there have been 76 homicides so far this year compared to the 56 for the first seven months of 2019. In Boston, after recording 25 homicides in the first seven months of 2019 they had 35 during the same time period and 15 of those were during July.

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