NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 4-year-old girl last week in Nashville.
The shooting happened just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30 at the intersection of Dickerson Pike and Douglas Avenue.
In a video tweeted by the Metro Nashville Police Department on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 6, Chief John Drake said four men have since been charged with criminal homicide.
Trey Dennis, 23; Kenlando Lewis, 18; Keimari Johnson, 20; and Lamarion Buchanan, 19, are believed to have pulled up to the intersection in a Ford sedan. Two of them reportedly got out and fired rifle rounds into a Chevrolet Malibu that 4-year-old Taliyah Frazier was riding in, according to police.
Investigators said Taliyah was shot in the head and died from her injuries. Two-year-old twin boys were also in the back seat. Police reported one of them suffered a non-critical graze wound to his head while his brother was not injured.
The 22-year-old driver of the Malibu, who is the father of the twins, traveled for about three miles on Dickerson Pike and stopped at the Family Dollar Store, which is where the mother of at least one of the children was located, according to police.
Drake also said detectives recovered the suspects’ car, which was found abandoned on Friday, June 2.
According to police, Lewis and Johnson were arrested on Wednesday, May 31 for drug and gun charges, while Dennis was taken into custody a week after the shooting. As of Tuesday afternoon, though, Buchanan was still at large.
A motive for the shooting remains under investigation.
Terry Dickson, Taliyah’s great grandfather, spoke to News 2 and asked for Buchanan and anyone else involved to turn themselves in.
“Even though you took something very personal of me, still I have to forgive you. If you turn yourself in, other people will forgive you. You cannot continue to run. You’ve got to give in. The running ain’t going to stop; they not going to stop chasing you. So come on back, wherever you’re at, turn yourself in,” said Dickson. “Understanding so when they go to court, tell what went on so I can understand that; why I’ll never see her grow up; why I’ll never see her grow old. She should have buried me.”
Buchanan took a Greyhound bus out of Nashville last week, according to Metro police. On Wednesday, June 7, officials announced that North Carolina authorities used information provided by the MNPD to arrest him in Thomasville overnight.
“Senseless gun violence is claiming the lives of too many men, women, and children. We must do better, Nashville,” Drake said in Tuesday’s video. “Our police department is committed to doing its part. Gun owners, family members, church congregations, and others all have a role in securing weapons so they won’t be stolen and teaching persons that violence and gunfire is not the answer to address conflict.”