SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A tragic incident unfolded in Sacramento on Saturday as a 10-year-old boy lost his life in a shooting allegedly carried out by another 10-year-old boy. The young victim was fatally shot after the second boy found a gun inside his father’s vehicle, according to authorities. The incident has resulted in the arrest of the second boy’s father, Arkete Davis, and his son.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a shooting on Greenholme Drive on Saturday. Upon arrival, they discovered a bleeding child who was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Witnesses reported that the individuals responsible for the shooting had fled to a nearby apartment, leading deputies to detain an adult and two juveniles.
During the investigation, it was revealed that the 10-year-old boy had gone to his father’s vehicle to retrieve cigarettes when he discovered the firearm and proceeded to shoot the victim. The child then ran into the nearby apartment. Davis, who was legally prohibited from owning a firearm, is accused of attempting to dispose of the weapon in a nearby trashcan after the incident.
Davis, who faces several firearm-related charges, child endangerment, and accessory after the fact charges, is currently being held on $500,000 bail. His son has been placed in the Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility.
The tragic incident has sparked concerns about the illegal possession of firearms by individuals disqualified from owning them, and the subsequent use of these weapons in violent crimes. Sacramento County Sheriff Jim Cooper expressed his frustration, calling the child’s death “completely avoidable.” Cooper pledged that the Sheriff’s Department will address the issue in the coming year.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, with Davis scheduled to appear in court on January 3. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office and local authorities are committed to addressing the issue of illegal firearm possession to prevent further tragedies.