A young boy is in danger of losing his arm after being recently shot in the parking lot of an apartment complex in southeast Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
One-year-old Rodrickus Robinson is believed to have been caught in the crossfire when Levar Antwan Reed and several other men started shooting at one another on Oct. 25. The toddler and his grandmother had just left a birthday party.
Rodrickus remains in stable condition, but is in danger of losing his left arm, in which he was struck. According to his mother, Courtney Holt, surgeons were unable to get a strong pulse from his right side.
On Monday, Atlanta Police Officer Kim Jones announced that a “plethora” of tips from witnesses at the apartment complex had led to the arrest of Reed, 17. The suspect alleged that a group was trying to force him to join a gang and he shot in self-defense.
“When he declined to join the gang, one of the recruiters allegedly pulled a gun on him,” Jones said.
Reed was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, reckless conduct, minor in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and pointing a pistol at another. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 10.
Police are still looking for additional suspects.
WSB-TV Atlanta also reported that Holt’s home was recently burglarized following the shooting.
“It hurt like, it really broke me, it’s like i can't even cry no more,” she said.
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