BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (12/10): The Birmingham Police Department has arrested a woman in connection to the murder of 5-year-old Ta’narius Moore last Saturday.
Rickkia Allen, 29, has been charged with capital murder in the shooting. Investigators say that Allen and another family member engaged in an altercation that led to gunfire. Ta’narius was hit as a result of the gunfire.
BPD did not disclose Allen’s relationship to Ta’narius other than she is a family member.
Allen is awaiting transfer to the Jefferson County Jail at this time. No other information has been released.
ORIGINAL (12/10): There are now new developments in the investigation of death of the 5-year-old boy who was shot and killed over the weekend in the Collegeville community.
According to Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith, a family dispute led to the death of Ta’narius Moore, 5, on Saturday, which police claim also involved Moore’s mother exchanging gunfire.
Smith did not say if the mother fired the deadly shot. However, the Jefferson County District Attorney is looking into possibly filing charges against the mother.
The shooting happened at the corner of 33rd Terrace N. and F.L. Shuttlesworth Drive in Collegeville.
Police say when they arrived, they found Moore unresponsive and suffering from a gunshot wound. The child was then taken to Children’s of Alabama, where he was later pronounced dead.
According to police, the mother and another woman who was part of the family became involved in an altercation and began firing gunshots at each other.
Police say a suspect is expected to turn themselves in this afternoon.
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