MPD names suspect involved in 7-year-old’s death; two others unidentified

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — There is a possible break in the case of the shooting death of 7-year-old Kelby Shorty.

On Thursday, Memphis police issued an arrest warrant for their suspect, Jordan Pittman, and they’re looking for two other men in connection with this case.

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Kelby Shorty was found dead on North Montgomery Street on Sunday. Police found multiple people shot when they arrived at the scene.

Pittman is charged with First Degree Murder, two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, and two counts of Employment of Firearm During the Commission of Dangerous Felony.

The other two suspects have yet to be identified.

If you have any details on Pittman’s location or know either of the two unidentified men, call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

7-year-old Kelby Shorty was enjoying fireworks on the 4th of July when a car drove by and fired shots in the crowd.

Flowers and a teddy bear memorialize the young boy of North Montgomery Street.

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“When you see something wrong in your community, tell it so we can save 7-year-olds,” said activist Stevie Moore.

On Thursday, activists, family members, and neighbors were asking for the community to step up. They want to find out more information about Jordan Pittman and two other men labeled as “persons of interest” by Memphis police.

“Seven-year-old, come on and in this yard. We tell them get in the front yard and play,” said Moore. “He was sitting right there playing fireworks. What else can he do?”

Memphis police said on Sunday, a car drove by and fired shots at a home off North Montgomery Street. Officers said Kelby was killed while two other adults were injured.

For the past 18 years, Stevie Moore has spoken out against gun violence. He’s made a vow to do this ever since his son was shot and killed while leaving a club.

Moore emphasizes someone out there knows more about this case.

“Don’t you know someone who already know who killed that baby,” said Moore. “Someone know who was riding down the street. How you going to drive down the street and nobody know something?”

On Thursday, the family was too upset to speak as they remember Kelby’s life. Their only hope is for police to catch the suspect as soon as possible.

Moore said it’s time for people who know these men to step up.

“I promised my son, myself, and God the rest of my life trying to protect somebody else’s child,” said Moore.

Shorty is the 10th child who was killed in Memphis, and he is one of the youngest,

Moore said the family plans on having a funeral for the child next Wednesday.