SACRAMENTO, California – A 53-year-old man and his child were taken into custody Sunday after the boy allegedly took a stolen gun from his father’s car and fatally shot a fellow 10-year-old in Sacramento County, California.
The incident occurred on Saturday in the Foothill Farms community, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. The man reportedly sent his son to retrieve cigarettes from his car, and the boy found the gun inside the vehicle and proceeded to shoot the victim before fleeing to a nearby apartment.
Law enforcement officials found the victim with severe injuries and administered life-saving efforts before transporting the child to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The suspect’s father, identified as 53-year-old Arkete Davis, allegedly attempted to dispose of the gun in a trash can. Investigators believe the firearm was stolen.
The victim was identified as Keith “KJ” Frierson, while the name of the suspected shooter was not released due to his status as a juvenile. The young boy was booked on suspicion of murder, and his father was arrested and charged with various offenses, including possession of a firearm by a felon, criminal storage of a firearm, and child endangerment.
Both suspects were being held in custody, with the father’s bail set at $500,000. The boy was detained at the Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility, and legal proceedings were underway.
Juveniles in Sacramento County are typically charged within 48 business hours of arrest, and bail is not utilized in the case of minors. The investigation into the tragic incident is ongoing, with authorities urging anyone with information to come forward.