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Asiah Figueroa: Man charged in reference to the loss of life of a 3-year-old boy in a barrage of gunfire at a house in Charlotte, North Carolina

Police mentioned Asiah Figueroa was sleeping at his nice grandmother’s home when he was fatally struck. His 4-year-old sister was grazed throughout the taking pictures and is anticipated to outlive, CMPD mentioned.

Qua’Tonio Stephens, 21, was charged with a number of offenses, together with being an adjunct after the actual fact to homicide, CMPD mentioned.

According to police, detectives tried to conduct a site visitors cease on a automobile pushed by Stephens on Wednesday. The automobile did not cease and a pursuit ensued, after which Stephens was taken into custody, CMPD mentioned.

Stephens was additionally charged with seven counts of assault with a lethal weapon with intent to kill, three counts of taking pictures into an occupied dwelling and felony flee to elude, CMPD mentioned.

As of Friday night it was unclear if Stephens had obtained authorized illustration. He is at present being held on the Mecklenburg County Detention Center.

The investigation into the case is energetic and ongoing, in keeping with CMPD.

Before the arrest, the police division launched what seems to be surveillance video of the taking pictures, hoping the general public will help determine the automobiles or the suspects.

In the video, two automobiles drive on a road and cease in entrance of a home when a number of folks exit the automobiles and begin firing gunshots on the residence. Police mentioned 11 folks have been in the home when the taking pictures occurred.

Susie Whitley, the boy’s nice grandmother, informed CNN affiliate WBTV that Asiah and different members of the family have been staying in her residence, and that she heard the gunshots simply as she was about to go to sleep. Her granddaughter started screaming that Asiah was shot as she dialed 911, Whitley informed the information outlet.

“When I went into his room, my grandson was in there, was holding him and he said, ‘Grandma, I think he’s gone.’ I didn’t want to believe it,” Whitley informed WBTV.

Asiah would have turned Four in December.

Detectives consider the taking pictures is expounded to 2 different homicides, which have some connection to college students at Hopewell High School. Students from North Mecklenburg and Chambers (Vance) excessive faculties could also be concerned as effectively, authorities mentioned.

“We believe that these tragic events stemmed from some simple disputes. What started out as teenage dispute games, has turned into a deadly game that’s now taken two lives,” CMPD Captain Joel McNelly mentioned.

McNelly implored dad and mom of the scholars on the excessive faculties to come back ahead with any related info.

“Parents of kids at these high schools: What we need from you is, we need you to be as outraged as we are about this. This is where your kids go to school. These are the people that your kids are around, and we need your help,” McNelly mentioned. “We need you to talk to your children. You should know whether or not your children were at home the last few nights. If your children were not at home the last few nights overnight — we need to know that.”

There are a number of suspects and a number of firearms concerned, however they haven’t situated any of the automobiles or any of the folks concerned, police mentioned.

Anyone with details about the taking pictures can name 704-432-TIPS and converse on to a Homicide Unit detective. The investigation into this case is energetic and ongoing, CMPD mentioned.

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