UPDATE: 3 arrested following deadly shooting of 13-year-old boy in Tuscaloosa
TPD: Kei’lan Allen was in his room, playing on his iPad when bullets came through his window.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa Police say they’ve arrested three people after a 13-year-old was shot and killed in Tuscaloosa.
18-year-old James Deanthony Reed was arrested on Saturday night and charged with capital murder in the death of Kei’lan Allen. Authorities said Allen was in his room, playing on his iPad, with his mother down the hall, when bullets came through the window and hit him in the head. TPD said Allen died at home.
A second suspect, 21-year-old Julian Lamont Gordon, Jr., was taken into custody Monday afternoon. Gordon was also charged with Capital Murder. He is being held on no bond.
A third suspect was taken into custody before 6:00 Monday evening. Jaden Zaire Jenkins, 19, has been charged with Capital Murder. He is being held on no bond.
“Obviously this is a true victim,” Tuscaloosa PD Violent Crimes Unit Captain Marty Sellers said. “This is someone who did nothing to deserve being shot, not that anyone ever does, but sometimes victims contribute to their own demise, but he certainly did not do that. He was minding his own business.”
We spoke with Kei’lan’s grandmother on Monday:
Authorities believe the suspects’ actual target was an older family member.
Court records show responding officers found multiple shell casings of different calibers in the road near the house. Investigators have video surveillance that shows the suspect’s car leaving the scene.
Investigators also have surveillance video that showed the car arriving at a service station minutes after the shooting. Court records state Reed was seen getting out of the driver’s seat of the suspected vehicle.
Reed is currently being held without bond. If you have any information on this shooting, you’re asked to call the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit.
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