Two Arkansas teenagers are in custody and more arrests are expected in connection to the death of a toddler boy in a drive-by shooting last month, authorities said.
Police in West Memphis charged Jerome Patterson, 19, and 18-year-old Johnny Warren for the capital murder of Jadaka Jimmerson, 2. The pair each also face a count of battery and 13 counts of terroristic act, WREG reported.
Around 1:15 a.m. on June 17, police responded to the report of a shooting and learned Jimmerson and his mother, Yolanda bonds, were the unintended victims of the drive-by attack and had already gone to an area hospital, where the child was pronounced dead.
The mother was then transferred to another medical facility for further treatment. She is expected to survive her injuries.
“It’s really sad for a 2-year-old to lose his life and he never had no life really,” the victims’ neighbor, Terry Sanders, told WREG. “His life really just begun.”
Other neighbors told the station the home where the incident occurred was shot at two separate times the same day.
“We will not stop until everyone who had anything to do with the senseless murder of Jadaka Jimmerson is in custody,” the West Memphis Police Department said, WATN-TV reported. “That will include anyone who aided those responsible or hindered the investigation.”
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to the police department's Criminal Investigation Division at (870) 732-7554 or the Crittenden County Crime Stoppers at (870) 732-4444.