SHELBY, N.C. (WBTV) – Two men were arrested for their involvement in a drive-by shooting that injured a four-year-old girl in Shelby Monday night, police said Thursday.
Julian Kyle Jackson and Marquise Santonio Beam, both 24, were arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm into occupied property.
Shelby police say the incident happened just after 11 p.m. at a home on Tom Street. A car pulled into the neighborhood and someone inside the vehicle opened fire. As many as 50 shots rang out, hitting trees, rooftops and walls.
Jackson and Beam were identified as two of multiple suspects, police said, who surfaced following the investigation and after receiving tips from the community.
The young girl was taken to Carolinas Cleveland before being airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Police said she was in stable condition as of Tuesday afternoon.
Police say the investigation continues and more arrests are expected.
“I’m glad that they got them,” said Shadayla Odoms, the mother of 4-year-old Aryanna, who was hit by one of the 50 shots that rang out.
Despite the arrests, Odoms is still worried.
“I’m still kind of shook up,” she said. She is concerned because there are others involved who have not been arrested yet, according to police.
It’s hard to forget the sound of gunshots and the cries of her daughter Monday night, she said. “This put me through a lot because I’m not but 18.”
Shadayla is hoping everyone involved will be arrested soon. She wants all of them behind bars.
“I want them gone, all gone,” she said.
Meanwhile, after several surgeries, she said her daughter is doing better, even smiling at times.
“She’s walking and talking a little.”
No word yet when the doctors will release her from the hospital in Charlotte.
As for the suspects, they will remain behind bars. A probable cause hearing is set for next month.
Jackson and Beam are being held in the Cleveland County Jail without bond. Their first court appearance is set for May 26.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Shelby Police Department at 704-484-6845 or anonymously at 704-481-8477.