A 12 year-old suspect was arrested Tuesday night in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in connection with a deadly shooting in Omaha, Nebraska, officials told reporters today.
Jarrell Milton will be charged with first-degree murder alongside 15 year-old Shuntayvious Primes-Willis and his 17 year-old brother, Jamar E. Milton, police said. All three children are being charged as adults, the Douglas County Attorney’s office confirmed.
The three suspects allegedly got Jamymell Ray, 31, to meet them at the northeast corner of Miller Park in North Omaha for a marijuana deal on June 29, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine told ABC affiliate KETV.
“All three suspects had guns. There were shell casings from two different types of guns at the scene,” Kleine told KETV.
The three juveniles allegedly attempted a robbery during the drug deal and shot Ray at close range, police said. Ray died from his injures at Nebraska Medical Center, police said.
Bond was denied for both Primes-Willis and Jamar Milton, authorities said, adding that a preliminary hearing for both has been scheduled for July 31. It was not immediately clear whether the three suspects had attorneys.
Charles Fisher, 30, who was with Ray, was also injured in the shooting and taken to Creighton Hospital. police say. “When you’re sitting in a courtroom with someone who’s in grade school, in eggiest, charged with this type of crime, it really shocks everyone,” Kleine told KETV. “There is no question in my mind that there are gang connections.”
The U.S. Marshal Service Metro Fugitive Task Force got information about Jarrell Milton’s whereabouts in Minneapolis and arrested him “without incident” just before mid-night last night, U.S. Marshals Service spokesperson Chris White told reporters today.
Jarrell Milton has connections to family within Minneapolis, White said but could not comment further on the suspects connections to Minneapolis. Jared Milton will go through court proceedings in Minneapolis before being extradited back to Omaha, Nebraska, White said. Authorities are still investigating how the 12 year-old got from Omaha to Minneapolis, and White said that authorities know he did now get there himself.
“It is a difficult thing to wrap your head around”, White said. “We have arrested kids under 16 for homicide, so this is not the first time, but this is definitely the youngest arrest and it has the most unique circumstances.”