Washington D.C. police announced on Saturday (July 20) they have arrested the 29-year-old man they believe is responsible for the shooting death of an 11-year-old boy.
DC Police Chief Peter Newsham says 29-year-old Tony Antoine McClam has been taken into custody for the death of the Karon Brown. McClam was charged with second degree murder while armed after a dispute between adults and children erupted in violance at around 7 p.m.
It isn’t completely clear what exactly happened. WUSA 9 reports that Karon and his brother Quentin, 12, had walked to a McDonald’s on Thursday evening to get food for their older sister. Quentin subsequently became impatient and reportedly returned to his home. Karon stayed at the restaurant.
HE HAS A NAME: 11 year old Karon Brown was shot and killed Thursday night in Washington, DC.— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) July 19, 2019
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When he was sent back at around 7 p.m. to retrieve his brother, a fight broke out inside the McDonalds, which then spilled into the street. Quentin then allegedly heard gunfire and darted home.
Authorities believe a passerby saw Karon being assaulted and tried to help him by taking him to his car, however, when Brown ran for safety, someone in the crowd fired a shot that entered the vehicle and struck the boy.
Karon later died at a nearby hospital from the gunshot wound. It isn’t clear whether his murder was targeted or a random act of violence.
“I just lost it. I couldn’t believe it,” Kathren Brown, the boy’s mother, said Friday. “I still can’t believe it. I am waiting for someone to say all this did not just happen. This is not how we planned our summer. Now I have to sit here and plan a funeral for my baby.”
After the shooting took place, police published images of the suspected shooter, which showed him running shirtless and clutching a handgun.
Sadly, this isn’t the first DC area child who has been killed recently. Last year, Makiyah Wilson, 10, was an unintended victim who was shot and killed during a feud between neighborhood gangs. Makiyah, Karon and Quentin were all reportedly friends and attended school together, according to Karon’s mother.
Photo: WUSA 9