Michigan State Police Believe Killing Of 2-Year-Old Kamiya French Was Retaliation For Earlier Incident

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A triple shooting in the Detroit area that left a toddler dead on Tuesday allegedly was revenge for another shooting in April that left three people wounded outside of a nightclub.

Witnesses say two children were playing in a yard in Inkster, Mich., when the suspected gunman walked up to them.

The gunman then shot 2-year-old Kamiya French at point-blank range before firing multiple shots at her father and a 12-year-old girl, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Kamiya, who would have turned 3 next week, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. 

Her father, 34-year-old Kenneth French, and the older girl, who is a relative, remain in the hospital but are expected to be fine.

Raymone Bernard Jackson, 24, was arrested at his girlfriend's house Thursday and charged with first degree premeditated murder, assault with intent to murder, felony assault, felon in possession of a firearm and torture, according to WXYZ-TV.

He is being held without bail and is due in court July 16.

A second suspect has been arrested and is being questioned, Michigan State Police say.

“The first coward’s in custody. Anybody that feels that they can execute a child in the state of Michigan, we’re going to go after them with everything that we can,” Lt. Michael Shaw told the Free Press.

However, Shaw does not believe this was a retaliatory shooting over the April incident.

“I wouldn’t call it retaliation. Retaliation for what? Take somebody’s life away for retaliation? I mean, just to mention that as part of a motive is silliness to me,” the police spokesman said.

“I can’t wrap my head around anything that would make me want to walk up to a small child sitting next to a porch, point a pistol at their head, and shoot them dead,” Shaw said. “I can’t give you a motive. I can’t wrap my head around that.”

Watch WXYZ-TV's report below:

Sources: The Raw Story, Detroit Free Press (2),