A 10-year-old California boy who was shot over the weekend died because the shooter, also said to be 10, opened fire in anger after losing a bike race, the victim’s mother said Tuesday.
The shooter was being a “sore loser” after the informal run Saturday afternoon in Foothill Farms, a community about 16 miles northeast of Sacramento, and consequently shot and killed Keith “KJ” Friersonsaid KJ’s mother, Brittani Frierson.
He said he was basing his story on what he was told by a neighbor’s son, who was among the children riding bikes before the shooting.
Frierson gave KJ permission to ride his bike, which he had “begged” for Christmas, before the attack, he said. Less than 15 minutes later, he said, she ran outside after neighbors began banging on her door and yelling that something had happened to her son.
“I screamed for hours after I saw my son on that field, because I could see he had no chance,” Frierson said. “I just knew my son was gone.”
Authorities arrested a suspect, whose name was withheld because he is a minor, on suspicion of murder.
His father, Arkete Davis, 53, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, criminal storage of a firearm, carrying a stolen loaded firearm in a vehicle, endangering a child and acting as an accessory to a crime after the fact. according to inmate records.
He was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday. It was unclear if any of the suspects hired an attorney. The area public defender’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said in an email that it could not comment on the case.
Investigators believe Davis attempted to dispose of the gun in a trash can after the attack, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
The shooting suspect was sent by his father to retrieve cigarettes from his car and, while there, grabbed the gun, which was stolen and improperly stored, the sheriff’s office said. The boy “retrieved a gun from inside the vehicle and bragged that his father had a gun,” according to the sheriff’s office, and “proceeded to shoot the victim once and ran to a nearby apartment.”
Frierson said the neighbor’s son told him the shooter left angry after losing the race and came back with a gun. After returning, he shot KJ in the neck without saying a word, Frierson said.
In an email, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Amar Gandhi said Frierson told him what the neighborhood boy told him when he spoke to the office early Tuesday. There was “nothing to add on our part,” Gandhi said, noting that it was a “sad situation all around.”
Frierson described his son as generous, intelligent, friendly, curious and helpful. He was always helping older women in the neighborhood carry their groceries, she said.
“There’s no one who ever met that kid who didn’t come back and say something like, ‘Your son, you raised that kid right. He’s a good kid,'” Frierson said through tears.
Last year, KJ found a new community in the Sacramento Jr. Football Mustangs youth football team, which he said in a statement will “truly be missed by all of his Mustangs family and friends.”
Frierson said one of his fondest memories of KJ was his unbridled joy after arriving at a championship game with his brother and other teammates just days after learning his father had died.
The mother said the shooting suspect often knocked on her door asking to play with her children and that she was heartbroken because her son was allegedly killed by someone she considered a friend.
He alleged that the suspect’s father was “careless” with the firearm.
“For you to be so careless, for you to have something like that, a gun, easily accessible to your 10-year-old son, says a lot about you,” Frierson said, addressing Davis.
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