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Miami police offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the gunman who shot up a child's birthday party, wounding three people including a 6-year-old girl.

According to WPLG, Chassidy Saunders died from her injuries at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center in Miami on Saturday night.

Two other people were wounded by gunfire and were transported to the same hospital. They’re conditions are unknown.

The shooter fled the scene and is still at large, according to Crime Online.

Police towed a bullet-riddled vehicle from the scene to search it for evidence. There was no description given of the shooter or shooters.

Family members described Chassidy as a happy, energetic girl who was "full of life" and loved making TikTok dance videos.

"We gotta go through real pain, man. People don't know what we gotta go through, man,” said family friend Santonio Carter in an interview with WPLG. "Stop it! Just stop it."

Carter's 6-year-old son was struck and killed by a stray bullet five years ago.

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Rapper YFN Lucci (left) made his first court appearance on Thursday, Jan. 14, where he was denied bond.

Lucci appeared via CCTV video from the jail. He wore a black face covering during the court proceeding.

Lucci's lawyer told the judge that his client had the charges read to him, which include felony murder, aggravated assault, participation in street gang activity, and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Authorities in Atlanta, Georgia, were hunting for Lucci to question him over his alleged involvement in the murder of 28-year-old James Adams (pictured right). Adams was a former member of Lucci's crew.

Lucci -- real name Rayshawn Bennett -- was identified as the driver of a white SUV seen by witnesses before the victim was shoved out of the moving vehicle.

His lawyer argued against the aggravated assault charges, saying "[Lucci's] proximity in a vehicle to someone with a gun is not what establishes aggravated assault."

However, the judge responded, saying Lucci -- being the driver of the SUV -- "allowed the occupants of the vehicle to actually get out of the vehicle, firing multiple rounds and driving off with those weapons."

The judge determined that the circumstances of his involvement warranted aggravated assault charges, and she denied bond for the rapper.

The 29-year-old father-of-2 turned himself in late Wednesday night, Jan. 13, after 2 weeks on the run.

Lucci was booked into the crowded Fulton County Jail on Thursday, just hours after dropping a music video for his new song "Rolled On" on his social media pages.

Two suspects, Ra'von Boyd, 23, and Leroy Pitts, 17, were also arrested following the shootout on December 10, which left another man wounded.

In a frantic 911 call that led to the felony murder warrant for Lucci arrest, a woman describes a man clinging to a moving SUV before he was shoved out of the SUV and left for dead in a roadway.

TMZ obtained audio of the 911 call a woman made in Atlanta last month when she saw a white SUV speeding by "with a man hanging out of the car." She says she eventually saw the man thrown out of the car onto the street.

The witness told the operator the victim appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and the man was "still trying to fight for his life."

She remained on the scene while waiting for the ambulance, standing near the victim -- and said he was "taking his last breath" and he died moments later.

The Atlanta Police Department offered a $5k award for information leading to Lucci's arrest and indictment.
 

 

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A Georgia man was captured in Florida and charged with the murder of a 17-year-old girl whose body was found in a Lamar County cemetery on Sunday.

According to Crime Online, authorities tracked 23-year-old Jaylan Jashad Ray to Tallahassee, Florida where he was arrested on Wednesday, and is awaiting extradition back to Georgia.

Lamar County officials says D'Shaunti Kyanni Hunter was shot at least once in the head. Her body was found in a cemetery across the road from Unionville Church in Barnesville, about 50 miles south of Atlanta.

Hunter's body was found on Sunday afternoon, about 40 miles from her home in Ellenwood, Georgia.

Family members were distraught over the news of her murder. "This is crushing us," Hunter's aunt, Jazmine Johnson, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Tuesday. "They stole from us. This is wrong. This is way more than wrong."

Ray is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault. He is being held without bond in a Tallahassee Jail.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told the AJC, "I am deeply concerned about the spike that we are seeing in our homicides."

Bottoms recently unveiled a plan to combat violent crime in her city.

"The spike in violent crime in Atlanta and across the country must be addressed by both immediate and long-term actions," Bottoms said in a news release. "The One Atlanta: One APD Immediate Action Plan will address crime, and also the systemic issues that lead to violence."

Atlanta's crime wave has earned the city a nickname, "Chiraq South."

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Rapper YFN Lucci is wanted for murder following a shootout that resulted in the death of 28-year-old James Adams in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the shootout occurred on December 10 in the 900 block of Dimmock Street.

Adams later died from a gunshot wound to the head. A second man was shot and stumbled to Fire Station 14. He survived his injuries.

Officers collected multiple spent shell casings at the scene of the shootout and at Fire Station 14.

Two other men, Ra'Von Boyd, 23, and Leroy Pitts, 17, are in custody for their alleged roles in the shootout. Both men are charged with murder, aggravated assault, participating in criminal street gang activity and weapons charges.

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Lucci, real name Rayshawn Bennett, 29, is best known for dating rapper Lil Wayne's only daughter, Reginae Carter, 22. Reginae recently reunited with the rapper after the couple broke up multiple times in 2019 and 2020.

After signing with Think It's A Game Entertainment in 2014, Lucci dropped a record titled "Key to the Streets" featuring rap trio Migos in 2016. A remix featured rappers Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for Lucci's arrest. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, text information to 274637 or visit the Crime Stoppers website.

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A Memphis police officer has been fired and jailed without bond on charges of kidnapping and murdering a man while on duty, FOX13 reports.

Patric Ferguson (left) was arrested Sunday after surveillance footage captured the uniformed officer take 30-year-old Robert Howard (pictured right) out of a home in the 3500 block of Twain Street and force him at gunpoint into his patrol car on Jan. 6.

Ferguson, 29, drove to Frayser Boulevard and Denver Street, where body cam footage captured the cop fatally shoot Howard in the back seat of the patrol car.

Ferguson dropped off the body at an undisclosed location, then returned the next day with an accomplice, Joshua Rogers, who helped him dump the body off a bridge.

Howard's body was fished out of the water by Memphis police on January 10 at Second Street near the Wolf River Bridge, police say.

Howard's girlfriend filed a missing person's report on Wednesday after she used an app to track his cell phone and found the phone at Lamar Avenue and Shelby Drive, according to WKYT.

Evidence on the victim's phone led them to Ferguson who confessed to murdering Howard. Ferguson was immediately terminated and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.

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Rogers, 28, was charged with accessory after the fact for helping dispose of Howard's body, police said. Both men were charged with abuse of a corpse, and fabricating and tampering with evidence, according to an affidavit.

Mayor Jim Strickland spoke exclusively to FOX13, saying he was "horrified" to learn of Ferguson's crimes.

"It was good investigative work," Strickland said. "We've got video of the actual murder and he confessed."

Investigators built their murder case against Ferguson using surveillance footage and police body cam footage. A receipt from a hardware store revealed Ferguson purchased cinder blocks, chains and padlocks to weigh Howard's body down when he threw him in the river.

A search of Ferguson's phone revealed incriminating internet search history, including searches for "cleaning up crime scenes and how to destroy DNA evidence," according to the affidavit.

Strickland told FOX13 he hopes Ferguson spends the rest of his life in prison.

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A gunman shot and killed four people in a shooting spree that stretched from Chicago to Evanston, Ill., north of the city, on Sunday.

Police say Jason Nightengale, 32, randomly shot four people before he was killed by police.

The shooting rampage began in Chicago's Hyde Park section, where Nightengale shot a 30-year-old man in the head, killing him. The gunman then drove a short distance, where he fatally shot a security guard after asking to use a phone at an apartment building in the Kenwood neighborhood.

In the same building, the gunman fired on a 77-year-old woman who was checking her mailbox. She is listed in critical condition at a hospital, Fox 32 reports.

Nightengale then took an elevator to the 19th floor of an apartment building, where he threatened a person and later stole their car. He drove to a convenience store, where he robbed it, killing a 20-year-old man and critically wounding an 81-year-old person in the process, Fox 32 reported.

After exchanging gunfire with police, Nightengale fled the area in the stolen vehicle. About 19 miles north, police received 911 calls reporting a gunman at a local pharmacy.

Nightengale fled from the pharmacy to a nearby IHOP restaurant, where he took a woman hostage and shot her. She is hospitalized in stable condition.

Officers eventually shot and killed Nightengale in the parking lot of a Dollar General store.

Nightengale's sister wrote on Facebook that he "hadn't been in his right mind for a long time," the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

"But for the brave conduct of Evanston police officers, many more people would have been injured," Chicago police Supt. David Brown told the Sun-Times.

In addition to the 5 deaths, dozens of people were wounded in shootings in Chicago over the weekend.

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19 violent gang members were taken off the streets of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn this week as federal authorities unveiled two indictments Wednesday.

According to Patch.com, 19 members of the notorious 900 street gang were arrested and charged with at least 13 shootings and other acts of violence, including 2 murders.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced the indictments in law enforcement's ongoing efforts to curb gang violence in the Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights neighborhoods.

"I'm confident this takedown of these gang members will make a difference to the people of Brooklyn, especially people who live in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area and Crown Heights," Gonazalez said at a press conference. "Many of these defendants were charged with multiple acts of violence and shootings, so there's a multiplying impact toward peace when they are taken off the streets."

The defendants face 77 charges, including the fatal shootings of 22-year-old Tracey Washington and Tyler Felder last year.

Washington, a member of the rival Hoolie gang, ran a stolen credit car ring and believed he was meeting a girl to join the scheme.

He was shot before he could exit a cab on Dean Street in June, prosecutors say. According to the indictment, members of the 900 gang "catfished" Washington by posing as a girl on Instagram.

Three gang members -- Kaireil Haynie, Alexander Williams and Tysean Devonshire -- were charged in the murder case.

Williams and 21-year-old Wydeem Rudd are also charged in the fatal shooting of Felder, whom Rudd and Williams incorrectly blamed for the shooting of a 900 gang member.

Felder was shot six times, including once in the head, on Sept. 28.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms declined an invite to attend today's City Council meeting to address Atlanta's violent crime.

Police are searching for a gunman who fired into a crowd outside a crowded Buckhead lounge early Sunday. A woman and two males were wounded during the shooting and transported to local hospitals.

"Recent events throughout the city have generated a steady stream of public discussion regarding the role and effectiveness of leadership in Atlanta," Council President Felicia Moore wrote in a letter obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"It could be helpful to the Council and the public to receive updates relative to the implementation status of any resulting recommendations associated with these initiatives."

Bottoms responded to Moore's letter on New Year's Day, saying her administration will continue to update the City Council on the specific steps being taken to address the city's violent crime.

"I will continue to engage the public and City Council on the important matters of public safety," Bottoms wrote, while politely declining the invitation. "As always, my staff will be available during your City Council conference call meeting."

Bottoms also encouraged Moore and the City Council to conduct their meetings via Zoom, or similar platforms.

Moore's letter comes after 7-year-old Kennedy Maxie died days after she was shot in the head while riding in a car with her aunt and mother near Phipps Plaza in Atlanta's trendy Buckhead neighborhood.

The child's shooting death fueled calls for a private police force to patrol Buckhead. City Council members have pledged to donate money toward the private force.

Kennedy's killer, 24-year-old Daquan Reed, is still at large.

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Former Chicago Bears star Michael Richardson has been arrested in connection with a shooting death in Phoenix.

The former Arizona State standout was arrested Wednesday and booked into the county jail in connection with the murder of 47-year-old Ronald Like. Phoenix police say Richardson, 59, shot Like on Tuesday near 40th and Van Buren Street.

The victim was rushed to a local hospital where he later died.

Richardson was an All-Pro cornerback for the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears.

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Richardson rapped in the Bears' "Super Bowl Shuffle" music video. "I'm LA Mike and I play it cool. They don't sneak by me because I'm no fool," Richardson rapped.

Richardson was arrested twice in 2020 for drug possession. He was also arrested in 2018 in Maricopa County on drug possession and theft charges.

He has been convicted of more than 20 crimes since 2008.

Richardson is being held without bail. He is charged with murder, misconduct involving weapons, and a felony warrant, according to ABC15.
 

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Atlanta PD

The suspect wanted in the death of a 7-year-old girl near Phipps Plaza mall in Atlanta was previously arrested for a gang-related shooting at another mall.

Kennedy Maxie was shot in the head while riding in a car with her mom and aunt near Phipps Plaza on Dec. 21. She died from her injuries on Saturday.

Police named Daquan Reed, 24, as a suspect in her murder. He is wanted for felony murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and other charges.

Reed was among several men fighting in the parking lot outside Saks Fifth Avenue, police say.

Reed got into a car and fired three shots out the window as he drove off. Police believed a stray bullet struck Kennedy.

"He is not a stranger to law enforcement," said embattled Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at a press conference on Tuesday. She said Reed has had previous run-ins with law enforcement.

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Norfolk PD

Reed (right) was arrested in Norfolk, Virginia following a shooting at MacArthur Center on Oct. 14, 2019. A 56-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man were injured in the shooting.

The shooting happened after Reed and Molek Alcantara (left) were walking through the mall and bumped into a 23-year-old man. The three "exchanged words" and Molek pulled out a gun and opened fire.

The mall was locked down for an hour while police investigated the shooting. Both men were arrested by U.S. Marshals in Atlanta days after the incident.

In January, Reed was convicted of being an accessory after the fact. A liberal judge sentenced him to a year in jail with 9 months suspended and two years of unsupervised probation.

Reed is still at large. City leaders are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477).