In Sacramento County, a distressing incident unfolded as a 53-year-old man and his 10-year-old son were apprehended following a tragic shooting.
The young boy accidentally shot another child, leading to fatal consequences, and both father and son now face serious legal repercussions.
The incident transpired on Greenholm Drive in Foothill Farms, an unincorporated community just outside downtown Sacramento.
Responding to a shooting report, Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies discovered a 10-year-old boy lying unresponsive in a parking lot, succumbing to injuries sustained from a gunshot to his head and neck.
Despite efforts, the victim, whose identity remains undisclosed by the police, tragically lost his life at a local hospital.
Witnesses at the scene assisted law enforcement in identifying the individuals involved in the incident.
The deputies were led to a nearby apartment, where Arkete Davis and his two children, one of whom was the young perpetrator, were located.
According to authorities, the 10-year-old had accessed a stolen firearm from his father’s car while retrieving cigarettes for him.
Shockingly, the boy had boasted about his father owning a gun before the unfortunate incident unfolded. It remains unclear whether the two children were acquainted.
Detectives conducting the investigation discovered the stolen firearm, reported missing in 2017, in a nearby trash can, where it was allegedly discarded by Davis in an attempt to conceal evidence.
The young boy was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to the Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility.
Davis faces a litany of charges, including carrying a stolen loaded firearm in a vehicle, endangering the life of a child, illegal possession of a firearm as a felon, accessory after the fact, and criminal storage of a firearm – all felonies.
He is currently held in custody with a bail set at $500,000 and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, according to jail records.
The community grapples with the tragic consequences of a child’s access to a stolen weapon and the ensuing legal fallout for both father and son.