VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) The Victorville Police Department has arrested the man suspected of shooting and killing 12-year-old Makiya Walls.
Anthony Latrent Pitts, a 26-year-old resident of San Bernardino, was taken into custody and booked for PC 187, Murder.
Pitts is accused of walking up to a home on the 17000 block of Monaco Drive in Victorville on Wednesday night and opening fire, striking the 12-year-old girl. The suspect fled the scene at the time of the shooting.
As Walls was transported to an area hospital, her family watched in horror as paramedics performed chest compressions on her. Walls, who would have been attending her first day of middle school the following morning was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Officials say, Pitts, who is known on the streets as “Gutter”, was taken into custody in the city of Redlands and transported to the Victorville Police Station and booked for the crime of murder early Friday morning.
Pitts is scheduled for arraignment on August 15, 2017, at the Victorville courthouse. Court records show he is ineligible for bail.
Sheriff John McMahon said Makiya was not intended as the target for the shooting and that it was over an ongoing dispute with Makiya’s family and the Pitts.
“This argument had been going on over the past several months, there was an altercation with both families that led to the shooting,” officials said.
Pitts has a prior Domestic Violence Charge and is a self-admitted gang member. The victim’s mother and the suspect are known to each other, officials said.
In addition to the arrest of Pitts, officials say two other Adelanto women have been arrested. Danielle Cummings and Reyna Mercado were arrested for being part of the dispute. It’s unclear why they were arrested.
Makiya’s mother was also taken into custody and charged with making Terrorist Threats, a felony, officials said in a news conference held Friday morning.
— SB County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) August 11, 2017
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