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Man Arrested in Memphis, Suspected of Shooting Aberdeen 2-year-old

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A 2-year-old from Monroe County is recovering at a Jackson hospital after he was caught in the crossfire of a shootout.

Aberdeen Police are reporting 34-year-old Anthony Strong will be charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a felon.

He was arrested Monday night in Memphis.

The children still played on the sidewalk on that same night despite the recent violence at the Southside Apartment Complex.

At 11:30 Monday morning a stray bullet hit Trey McDonald Garth - a two-year-old playing in the central park area.

"I heard the boom, boom, boom, boom. there goes my little brother that was playing with him," Corey Johnson, a little boy who knows Garth and lives at the Southside Apartments, said.

The situation may have actually started last week. On Friday a 17-year-old named Montrell Portlow was killed and neighbors say no arrest was ever made.

The two-year-old who was shot may have been caught in a back-and-forth gunfire that was in retaliation to the earlier murder.

"They kicked in the backdoor and then went in my house and shot him in the neck and left him there to die," Jessica Smith said.

Smith said Portlow is her relative and revenge has been on people minds.

Shelaine Strong, who's related to suspect Anthony Strong, said the shoot-out was hectic and the other gunman may have hit the child.

"And now, everybody around here trying to put it on mine. While this boy here is still running around with his same gun that shot this baby and killed this boy and he's still got the same gun," Strong said.

"These boys around here is getting around here bragging about what they've done," Smith said. "They're bragging about what they've done. I done have several people told me that they heard them talking about what they've done to him and still ain't no arrest."

"Show me that you're trying to do something around here. Look, I call when I hear shooting, you call the police," Shelaine Strong said. "They took three or four hours and everything's over with. we have to guess on who's shooting. This person shot, this person shot. No! Where the police at during the shooting."

2-year-old Trey Garth was airlifted from Aberdeen to Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson.

Police have not said where the bullet hit the boy but the injury was severe enough for him to be moved miles away for treatment.

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