Around 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 30, deputies arrived at an apartment complex in the Foothill Farms area and discovered an unresponsive boy with head and neck injuries, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.
Officers administered CPR until medics arrived, and the victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, officials said.
Authorities said the incident reportedly began when the child suspect went to his father’s vehicle to get cigarettes but then found and took a firearm from the vehicle and “bragged that his father had a gun.”
Deputies said the boy then “proceeded to shoot the victim and ran into a nearby apartment.”
According to KCRA, family members identified the victim as Keith “KJ” Frierson. KJ’s aunt, Erika, told the station that KJ had just walked out of his apartment to go bike riding when the shooting occurred.
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The aunt noted the young victim "was smart, very intelligent, kind, loving, respectful" and "didn’t deserve this."
She added, "He still had a whole life to live."
Deputies at the scene reportedly ordered the defendant out of the apartment building and he exited with another child and adult, later identified as the boy’s father, 53-year-old Arkete Davis, officials said.
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During the investigation, authorities found the gun in a nearby trashcan and believe Davis, who was legally prohibited from possessing a gun, may have thrown it away before police arrived, officials claimed, noting the firearm was reported stolen in 2017.
Davis was arrested and charged with child endangerment, multiple firearm-related offenses, and accessory after the fact, according to police.
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