According to Yahoo on Monday, September 4, 2023, a 15-year-old boy in Florida was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder for his alleged role in a drive-by shooting that killed a 19-year-old man and a 6-year-old girl.
Nico Brown flashed a smile as he was led handcuffed to a police car following his arrest on Saturday.
The shooting occurred last Tuesday evening around 8:20 p.m. in Orlando.
Shots were fired from a passing vehicle into a home where 6-year-old Ajahliyah Hashim was in the living room with her mother.
Both were struck by bullets, though it appears they were not the intended targets.
The young girl tragically passed away two days later from her injuries. Her mother suffered non-life-threatening wounds.
19-year-old Isaiah Wright was also pronounced dead after being dropped off at a local hospital emergency room.
The connection between Wright and the drive-by shooting is still unclear.
Wright’s mother shared during a vigil Friday night that she does not know if he was an intended target or was somehow set up.
This was just days after Wright had celebrated his 19th birthday.
Neighbors described hearing rapid bursts of gunfire and police found dozens of bullet markings both inside the home where Ajahliyah was hit as well as outside on the street.
The 6-year-old victim was a student at a local elementary school.
A handcuffed Brown is seen grinning while being led to an awaiting police car.
The school superintendent released a statement expressing condolences to the family and calling for an end to the tragedies of young lives lost to gun violence that have become too common.
While the article does not provide many details on Nico Brown or what evidence led to his arrest, police were able to apprehend the teenage suspect less than 5 days after the deadly drive-by shooting.
The photo shows Brown grinning broadly despite the gravity of the charges against him.
First-degree murder charges would indicate investigators believe the attack was premeditated rather than spontaneous.
The shooting has rocked the local community, taking the lives of two people, including a child sitting in her own home.