Couple indicted in drive-by murder of 7-year-old boy, Shelby County DA says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man and woman were indicted in the drive-by shooting death of a 7-year-old boy.

According to a release from the Shelby County District Attorney, the shooting happened in North Memphis on July 4, 2021.

Two other women were also critically wounded in the shooting.

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A grand jury indicted Jordan Pittman, 19, and Angieline Kennedy, 21, on first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, and reckless endangerment, the DA said.

The violence unfolded around 11 p.m. at a home in the 700 block of N. Montgomery near Jackson Avenue.

According to the release, witnesses said a Mazda sedan drove up and a passenger got out, shouted something, and began firing a handgun.

Seven-year-old Kelby Shorty, who was playing in the front yard, was struck several times and died at the scene.

A 29-year-old woman was struck in the arm and leg, and a 22-year-old woman was shot in the upper thigh.

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Bullets also penetrated the home where five other people – including three children under age 10 – were inside. No one was hit, the DA said.

Investigators developed Pittman and Kennedy as suspects and arrested Pittman two days later. Kennedy was arrested two days after that in Covington, Tenn., and was returned to Memphis, according to the release.

Pittman is being held on $1 million bond. Kennedy is being held on $100,000 bond.