JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson police are investigating after a two-year-old was critically injured during a shooting.
The shooting happened around 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday in the 3000 block of Marwood Drive. Police said the child was injured while playing outside.
According to investigators, multiple shots were fired from a dark colored SUV with Florida plates.
Officer Sam Brown said the child was taken to the children’s hospital in Jackson for treatment. On Thursday, police said the child was recovering from surgery.
On Tuesday, November 3, police arrested 16-year-old Cortavious Kendrick in connection to the shooting. He was charged with aggravated assault.
Jackson City Council President Aaron Banks released a statement about the shooting.
Our hearts and prayers go out and up for the family of the 2-year-old in critical condition. We all pray for a speedy and healthy recovery. However, when it comes to violence and the use of guns, we must send a strong message that discharging a firearm illegally will not be tolerated. In addition, we must increase our visibility and deploy methods of prevention, that bad actors would get the message, that anytime anyone pulls a weapon illegally will be met with swift and strict consequences. Unfortunately, somewhere we have failed and there is not yet the respect for life nor the consequences that follow possessing a firearm illegally, discharging a weapon illegally and most importantly taking or harming the life of citizens. I welcome a decent dialogue from citizens for solutions on this matter.Jackson City Council President Aaron Banks