Police have charged two men with first-degree murder over the shooting death of a two-year-old boy in Detroit.
Darius Evonte Lanier, 19, and Eugene Meredith Hubbard, 21, were arrested on Saturday in connection with the shooting on Interstate 75 last Thursday evening.
Brison Christian, two, was shot and killed while sitting in his car seat as his dad drove his older brother, nine-year-old BJ, home from basketball practice. BJ also suffered injuries in the shooting, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Prosecutors believe Lanier and Hubbard shot at the Christian’s truck because it was a similar make and color to a vehicle they were intending to target.
‘The Christian family were completely innocent victims. This was a family returning from a child sports activity that were mistaken for others because of their truck,’ Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a news release.
‘Two-year-old Brison is dead and his nine-year-old brother barely escaped serious injury. A child is dead because adults decided that they were judge, jury, and executioner.’
In addition to murder, the Lanier and Hubbard were formally charged Tuesday with three counts of assault with intent to murder, one count of discharge from a vehicle causing death, one count of discharge from a vehicle causing injury, two counts of discharge from a vehicle and eight counts of felony firearm.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Andrew Court