3 facing capital murder charges after toddler killed in drive-by shooting
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville police have arrested three people after a toddler was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting Wednesday night.
Police say the 3-year-old girl was shot while sleeping on a couch in a home on Murray Road. It happened around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The family identified her as Livia Robinson.
Huntsville police later charged three people with capital murder. The suspects are Dominique Marshawn Russell, 26, Brittany Nicole Kingston, 26, and Martin Arrendondo Evenes, 26. All three are being held in the Madison County Jail without bond.
Police say a drive-by shooter shot into the house. One bullet went through the front of the house and hit the child. She was taken to Huntsville Hospital where she later died.
Investigators said several subjects were taken into custody early Thursday morning and are still being questioned in the murder investigation.
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle released the following statement regarding the shooting and Livia 's subsequent death.
"An innocent child is dead because of a senseless shooting evolving from an argument among reckless adults. No matter the root cause, this is criminal behavior, which we will not tolerate in Huntsville. Our investigators have been working all night on the case, made three arrests this morning, and we will prosecute those involved with capital murder."
Investigators worked through the night to piece together details of the shooting. Witnesses report the incident stemmed from an ongoing argument. A confrontation during the day continued over social media through the evening involving acquaintances of the child's mother.
Through interviews and physical evidence, police determined Russell, Kingston and Evenes drove by the house and fired several rounds as a result of this argument.
Police said a Facebook Live video also helped identify the three suspects.
Police said the child's mother, who was home at the time, did not know all three suspects.
"This case in particular breaks the heart of everybody that's involved," said Lt. Michael Johnson, spokesman for the Huntsville Police Department.
A memorial fund has been set up for Livia via GoFundMe. Click here for the link.
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There is also a memorial donation fund set up at Redstone Federal Credit Union. The account number is 51013951879.
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