An 8-year-old girl was one of two people shot in downtown Mobile after the final Mardi Gras parade Saturday evening.
According to Mobile Fire-Rescue Department (MFRD) spokesman Steven Millhouse, emergency crews responded to reports of a shooting near the intersection of Washington and Government streets shortly after 9 p.m. Feb. 23.
The incident appears to have occurred a little more than 90 minutes after the final parading group, Krewe of Marry Mates, rolled through downtown. In videos posted to social media by diners at a nearby restaurant, a total of nine shots can be heard ringing out. Customers can be seen ducking once the commotion starts.
It was originally reported there may have been a third victim, but so far, only two have been confirmed. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to Millhouse.
The 8-year-old girl was shot in the leg and transferred to University Hospital for treatment. The other victim was a man who appeared to be in his early 20s. Millhouse said he was grazed in the arm, treated at the scene and released.
Updated at 4 p.m., Feb. 24, 2019:
Police arrested 17-year-old Isaiah Carl in connection to the shooting shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday morning.
He was booked into Mobile Metro Jail on charges of pistol possession by a forbidden person, discharging a gun in an occupied building, receiving stolen property, two counts of second degree assault.
Police eventually arrested a second suspect in connection to the downtown shooting Saturday night. According to MPD, 17-year-old Tykendrick Barnett was arrested sometime Sunday morning.
He was booked into jail on charges of discharging a gun into an occupied vehicle or building, first degree burglary, menacing and two counts of second-degree assault.
At this point, it’s unclear what may have led to the shooting or whether Carl or Barnett knew the victims.
Police also confirmed Sunday afternoon that the gun Carl used during the incident had previously been reported stolen, which would explain the receiving stolen property charge.
The MPD has been trying to address a rash of gun thefts being reported by motorists that leave weapons in their cars.
However, the latest numbers released by the department indicate that trend is still continuing.
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