Chapel Hill toddler dies after Christmas shooting; three suspects in custody
Posted December 28, 2015
Updated December 29, 2015
Hillsborough, N.C. — A 1-year-old girl who was shot outside a Chapel Hill apartment on Christmas Day has died, her family said Monday evening.
Maleah Williams was shot in the head in the 700 block of Trinity Court at about 5:30 p.m. Friday and had been on life support at UNC Hospitals.
Shaquille Oneill Davis, 22, made his first court appearance Monday on charges of attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He remains in the Orange County jail under a $650,000 bond.
Two additional suspects were taken into custody late Monday.
Ramone Jamarr Alston, 22, was arrested in the 600 block of Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro and charged with first-degree murder. Pierre Je Bron Moore, 23, surrendered to authorities at the Chapel Hill Police Department, authorities said. He is also charged with first-degree murder. Both men were being held under $1 million bonds.
All three suspects were scheduled to be in court on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Outside the courtroom Monday, Davis' mother said he was innocent, adding that she thought she knew who shot Maleah. She declined to say anything further.
Police said Davis fired shots from a vehicle as it was leaving an apartment complex, and one of the bullets struck the toddler.
A Williams family friend said Davis, who is well-known in the neighborhood, was involved in an argument with another man earlier in the day and that it is believed that the other man was the intended target of the shooting.