NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two men and two women are now in custody in connection to a shooting earlier this year that critically injured 11-year old Keon Malone.
Police tell us he was struck in the head on March 22 while standing in the door of his home on Fern Avenue after an argument next door turned into a gunfight, with at least 20 shots fired.
“He was in no way involved in the previous dispute. Indiscriminate gunfire resulted in the gunshot wound to that child’s head,” Metro police spokesperson Don Aaron told News 2.
Earlier this week, officers arrested Jamar Medaries and Brandon Scott. Authorities said Medaries, 23, was hiding in the attic of a home on Branch Street when he fell through the ceiling. He was found under a couch. Scott, 22, was taken into custody at his home on Kirkland Avenue.
Friday morning, Vadra Jackson, 22, was arrested on McKennell Drive, thanks to a tip to Crime Stoppers. Porscha Medaries, Jamar Medaries’ niece, surrendered at police headquarters.
Police allege Porscha Medaries summoned her uncle and Scott to Fern Avenue after she fought with woman who lives next to Keon.
Jamar Medaries and Scott are accused of then firing aimlessly toward the home, ultimately striking Keon in the head.
Jackson is accused of conspiring with Porscha Medaries that day.
All four suspects face three counts each of attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment and violating the crooks with guns law.
Since the shooting, Malone’s family has had to move out of their house and the young boy has a long road to recovery ahead of him.
While the four suspects have been leading their lives, each day is a constant struggle for the teen. He has been at a rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta since being struck in the head.
“It’s something that he will deal with for the rest of his life,” neighbor and community organizer for Katie Hill Lindsey Langley told News 2.
She says the process has been trying as he has to relearn how to walk and talk.
“The family is down there taking care of him so that means that they are having a hard time taking care of their normal expenses; rent, food and especially with Keon he’s lost some weight during his therapy so his clothes no longer fit,” she said.
Langley is collecting clothing for Keon and she has a gofundme page to assist with the financial burden.
“Nashville, you know that’s what we do. We help communities when they are in need and this is a family that really just needs some help right now at this point financially.”
Langley tells us the young boy will soon move to another rehab, but he will need a wheelchair as he continues to make progress.
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