Three in custody, charged in Fourth of July shooting death of 7-year-old

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three people are in custody, charged in the Fourth of July shooting death of 7-year-old Kelby Shorty.

MPD says they’re still looking for two other people possibly involved that have not been identified.

Jordan Pittman was arrested Friday. He 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.

Adonis Wright, 26, was arrested and charged with Accessory After the Fact to wit First Degree Murder.

Angieline Kennedy, 20, was taken into custody in Tipton County, deputies announced Sunday. She is charged with First-Degree Murder and 2 counts of Attempted First-Degree Murder.

According to the affidavit, US Marshalls arrived at 2196 Parkhurst Court Friday after receiving information that the shooting suspect Jordan Pittman was inside. Wright was asked if Pittman was in the house and he told them no. A Marshall searched the house and found Pittman hiding under a bed. Officers also found a black Glock in the room where Pittman was arrested.

Once taken into custody, Wright admitted to picking up Pittman at the Budgetel Inn & Suites at Sycamore and Macon and taking him to the home on Parkhurst to hide, knowing Pittman was wanted for the murder of Shorty. According to the affidavit, Wright admitted to also knowing that Pittman had a gun in his possession.

Kennedy was arrested at a home on Roane Street in Covington without incident, according to a post on Sheriff J.T. ‘Pancho’ Chumley’s Facebook page.

Angela Stewart, Kelby Shorty’s grandmother, spoke to FOX13 Friday before any of the suspects were in custody.

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“We didn’t even do our Fourth of July here. We had just made it back at about 9:45. The kids had a few more fireworks they wanted to pop off,” Stewart said.

Stewart shared the moments leading up to her 7-year-old grandson getting gunned down on the 4th of July.

“When I got up to come out. Oh, Lord. I feel like I walked right out of my house into the worst nightmare,” said Stewart.

Stewart said a man they know from the neighborhood got into a fight at a nearby gas station then came to her house.

“That was a 7-year-old kid. He didn’t bother nobody, minding his own business and whatever business they had going on, they could have saved it for another day,” said Stewart.


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