Shooting at red light meant for driver, but female passenger killed instead: Cops

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Apr. 9 2021, Updated 2:40 p.m. ET

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Gunshots at a red light in Florida were meant for one man, but instead killed a female passenger holding an infant, police said. 

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Tyron Jackasal, 20, was riding in a stolen SUV on March 30 when he got out at the red light and started shooting into a black Volvo, according to authorities.

While the target was the driver, police say he instead shot and killed the passenger, K’Mia Simmons.

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The mother of two suffered a wound in her upper body. The gunshots missed the 1-year-old daughter she was holding and the 2-year-old daughter in the backseat, police said.

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According to the police, Jackasal targeted Parise Lovett Jr., the father of the one-year-old Simmons was holding. 

Police say Lovett is acquainted with a man that Jackasal is accused of shooting and robbing of a $30,000 gold necklace in early March. Police are not sure why Jackasal was going after the shooting victim’s associates.

Tampa Bay Times reported that the police said, “Jackasal was just trying to find all the friends of a guy he robbed.” They are unsure what dispute is behind the shootings.

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Lovett fled the scene after the shooting, but he was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court for a different case, according to authorities.

Police said they interviewed Lovett on April 7 and he said Jackasal was the one who fired on them on March 30.

Jackasal was already in jail when he was served the murder charges, as police say he was first arrested April 5 on a charge of robbery with a deadly weapon from a March 5 incident.

That incident involved a $30,000 gold chain, as the chain’s owner was sitting in his vehicle after getting a haircut when Jackasal and two others robbed him at gunpoint, police said.

The victim identified two of his attackers via their social media: Jackasal and Deontrae Robson, 22, who was arrested on Monday, police said.

Police said they are still looking for the third suspect in the robbery.


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