Tragedy in Sacramento: Father and 10-Year-Old Son Arrested After Fatal Shooting of Another 10-Year-Old with Stolen Gun

by Jessica

A tragic incident unfolded over the weekend in Sacramento, California, resulting in the arrest of a 53-year-old man, Arkete Davis, and his 10-year-old son. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office reported that the son fatally shot another 10-year-old boy with his father’s gun.

According to authorities, the child, now facing murder charges, discovered the firearm inside his father’s vehicle and used it to shoot the victim. Arkete Davis is now in custody, facing several felony firearm-related charges, child endangerment, and an accessory after the fact charge. Davis is currently held on $500,000 bail.

The incident occurred on Greenholme Drive around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, prompting law enforcement to respond to a shooting. Upon arrival, they discovered an unresponsive juvenile bleeding from the head and neck. Despite efforts by the Sacramento Metro Fire Department to transport the boy to the hospital, he was pronounced dead. Witnesses reported that those responsible had fled into a nearby apartment, leading to the detention of an adult and two juveniles.

Investigation revealed that the 10-year-old shooter had retrieved the gun from his father’s vehicle, boasting about it before shooting the victim and seeking refuge in an apartment. Davis, who was legally prohibited from possessing a firearm, allegedly attempted to dispose of the weapon in a nearby trashcan. The recovered gun was reported stolen in 2017.

Davis’ son is now held at the Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility, while Davis himself is at Sacramento County Main Jail, awaiting a court appearance scheduled for January 3.

The victim’s aunt, grieving the loss of her nephew, emphasized his positive qualities and expressed deep sorrow over the tragic turn of events. Sacramento County Sheriff Jim Cooper emphasized the preventability of the child’s death, urging sustained attention to the issue of illegal firearm possession by those ineligible to have them, vowing to address this matter in 2024.

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