Suspect in gunshot death of 3-year-old ‘AK style’ rifle recovered from trash, led police to prosecution before arrest
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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (WBTV) – A search warrant provides new details on the investigation resulting from a deadly shooting in northwest Charlotte that killed a 3-year-old boy.
Shortly before midnight on September 7, police said Asiah Figueroa was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting where police said several people fired nearly 150 bullets at her home on Richard Rozzelle Drive.
According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s search warrant, detectives began searching the neighborhood after the shooting and obtained surveillance footage of several nearby locations. This footage showed two vehicles entering the neighbors around 11:30 p.m.
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Vehicles stopped outside the house on Richard Rozzelle Drive, at which point five people opened fire on the residence, police said. They then left the area via Atherton Mill Road, the warrant says.
On September 8, detectives spoke to a witness who said the suspects were residing in a residence on Kiev Drive, according to the search warrant. Authorities said they monitored the scene and saw a silver Nissan Altima with a Florida tag arrive at the house.
“The driver of the vehicle, who was wearing a yellow T-shirt, entered the residence with nothing in his hands. Shortly after, the subject left the residence and was carrying a black handgun, ”the warrant states.
At this point, the occupant of the vehicle went to a residence on Valerie Drive, which backs up to the house on Kiev Drive, and retrieved an “AK-style” rifle from the trash, investigators said. They then got back into the Altima and left.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle and a chase began, according to the CMPD. At the end of the pursuit, a person was apprehended, specifies the warrant.
Police said they recovered evidence from inside the vehicle that matched evidence from the crime scene at Richard Rozzelle Drive.
The suspect’s name was not on the warrant.
In the weeks following the shooting, three people were taken into police custody.
Jacob Lanier is charged with murder and nine counts of shooting in an occupied apartment. Qua’tonio Stephens is accused of aiding and abetting after the fact of a crime.
Investigators also charged Kaleb Lawrence with murder in this case. He was denied bail during his first court appearance on Monday.
Authorities continue to say they believe teenagers from Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools were also involved.
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