Third suspect arrested in deadly shooting of 13-year-old in Tuscaloosa


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (10/18): The Tuscaloosa Police Department has made three arrests in the deadly shooting of a 13-year-old last week.

Julian Lamont Gordon Jr., 21, (middle) and Jaden Zaire Jenkins, 19, (right) have been charged with capital murder, along with James Deanthony Reed, 18 (left). Reed was arrested Sunday. As of Monday, all three men are being held at the Tuscaloosa County Jail with no bond.

13-year-old Kei’lan Allen was struck by the gunfire in a drive-by shooting in the 30 block of Washington Square Friday night.

No other information has been released at this time. Stay with CBS 42 as this is a developing story.

ORIGINAL (10/17): On Sunday, authorities in Tuscaloosa arrested a man and charged him with capital murder in Friday’s shooting death of a 13-year-old.

James Deanthony Reed, 18, was taken into custody and charged with capital murder. He will have no bond.

Friday at approximately 6:20 p.m., police responded to the 30 block of Washington Square on reports of a shooting. They say that multiple witnesses claimed that a vehicle had fired multiple shots into a residence during a drive-by. 13-year-old Kei’lan Allen was struck by the gunfire and died at the scene.

Authorities say that Allen was not the intended target of the shooting and was inside his bedroom when the incident occurred.

The Violent Crimes Unit responded and conducted an investigation. They believe that the intended target was an older family member.

The investigation is still ongoing and more arrests are possible, TPD said Sunday.

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