Shooting suspect Ramon Jackson is charged with first degree murder of a 2-year-old. (Max Ortiz / The Detroit News)
Inkster — A 26-year-old man accused of targeting and killing a 2-year-old child and wounding two others at an Inkster public housing complex was arraigned Thursday in 22nd District Court.
Raymone Bernard Jackson of Inkster was charged with first-degree murder, torture, assault with intent to murder, felonious assault, felon in possession and felony firearm.
He was denied bond. His preliminary exam is scheduled for July 16. Jackson, who has a record for drug possession, showed no emotion as he was brought into the courtroom. Police said he also goes by the street name “Money.”
Michigan State Police said Thursday a second suspect had been arrested and investigators were interviewing him. Additional information was not released.
Kamiya LaShawn Gross was fatally shot around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at an apartment in the 30000 block of Carlyle Street. Her 34-year-old father, Kenneth French, and 12-year-old cousin, Chelsea Lancaster, were also shot. Chelsea was in critical condition and French was in stable condition Thursday.
Michigan State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Shaw, who attended Thursday’s arraignment of Jackson, said: “Anybody that feels that they can execute a child in the state of Michigan, we’re going to go after them with everything that we can. The child was the intended target and that’s what the torture charge is for.
“His thought process was that he was going to kill the child in front of this guy and then kill him afterward,” said Shaw. “So that would be the last thing he sees.”
A second suspect, possibly known by the street name “Shoes,” had been sought and Inkster residents were providing investigators with tips, Shaw said.
“The people of Inkster should be just outraged that this is common practice or this has actually come to this point,” he said. “This is a turning point for the people city of Inkster to say we’ve had enough of this stuff. This has to come to an end.”
Witnesses said the gunman got out of a van and walked up to the toddler as she played and shot her point blank in the head before firing at the man and the other child.
Inkster Police Chief Hilton Napoleon said the shooting may have been in retaliation for another shooting at an after-hours club in the city.