Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw attended the arraignment of Raymone Bernard Jackson. (Max Ortiz / The Detroit News)
Inkster — Police have made two more arrests in the case of a fatal shooting of a 2-year-old child and wounding of two others at an Inkster public housing complex.
Michigan State Police say prosecutors are reviewing warrant requests on the two taken into custody Thursday. No further details were released about the suspects. Authorities noted, however, they have executed 10 search warrants and seized three handguns in their investigation.
On Thursday, 24-year-old Raymone Bernard Jackson of Inkster, the suspected gunman, was arraigned in 22nd District Court. He was charged with first-degree murder, torture, assault with intent to murder, felonious assault, felon in possession and felony firearm. Jackson 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.”
Kamiya LaShawn Gross, 2, 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.”
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.
Anyone who has information about the shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) SPEAK-UP or the state police tip line at (877) 616-4677.