A 4-year-old boy died on Monday, two days after being injured by a stray bullet while in bed.
The shooting took place at 4:53 p.m. Saturday in the 500 block of Pleasant Springs Drive. Police say the boy – Davion Tarver – was taken to Baptist South in Montgomery and then to Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham in critical condition. After being resuscitated for two days, he died at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, Tuskegee Police Chief Loyd Jenkins III said.
Her mother posted this on Facebook Monday morning: “My baby is taking off this morning, I love you Davion Tarver.”
Jenkins said the shots took place in the parking lot of an apartment complex. One of the bullets entered the apartment and hit Davion. “We don’t think the apartment was targeted,” Jenkins said.
Tuskegee Police and Macon County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 18-year-old Joshua Washington on Sunday night. He was charged with attempted murder and unloading a firearm in an occupied apartment. He is being held in the Macon County Jail and the charges should now be upgraded to murder, Jenkins said.
The chief praised the public for helping residents with the case so far. “I was proud because they gave us information and we were able to find leads and follow the information that led us to make this first arrest,” he said. “I am happy to see citizens take a stand and transmit information to the police. It shows everyone that citizens are not going to let these violent criminals get away with these crimes.
“It’s hard every time someone loses their life, but it forces you to watch carefully, especially when it’s a 4-year-old,” Jenkin said. “These senseless acts of violence are unwarranted.”
“This is why the Tuskegee Police and the Macon County Sheriff’s Office are working diligently to get these people into custody,” he said. “It could have been anyone’s child.
Further arrests are expected. Central Alabama Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of $ 1,000 for information in the case.
“I’m just asking everyone to keep the family in their prayers,” the chief said. “They are going through a very tragic event right now and they need support, so I just want everyone to send their prayers.
Anyone with information is asked to call Tuskegee Police at 334-727-0200 or Crime Stoppers at 334-215-STOP (7867)