2-year-old gunned down as ‘payback’ for April shooting
Police in a Detroit suburb have arrested a man suspected of shooting dead a 2-year-old girl at a point blank range and wounding two others, including a 12-year-old child.
The shooter fired multiple times at the three people sitting on the porch of the home in Inkster Tuesday night, said Michigan State Police spokesman Lt. Mike Shaw.
The toddler, Kamiya French, died at the scene, Shaw said. Her father, 34-year-old Kenneth French, was in stable condition.
The older girl, identified by relatives as Chelsea Lancaster, was hospitalized in critical condition. The 12-year-old was described as a longtime friend of the French family.
Andy Anderson, 51, of Detroit, said he was visiting family in the area when the shooting happened. He told the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News that a man walked up to children playing in the yard and first shot the 2-year-old at close range.
‘He shot the baby,’ Anderson said. ‘I thought, “No, he didn’t.” And then he turned the gun and started shooting on the porch.’
Anderson said he ducked behind a car because he was afraid the assailant would kill everyone.
He said the gunman got out of a van driven by another person and walked up to the home before the shooting, then returned to the van and left.
‘He walked down the street casually with a gun in his hand,’ Anderson said.