By Bonnie Culverhouse
A 19-year-old has been arrested in the death of a three-year-old toddler in a drive-by shooting on Plum Street last week.
Jacorein Richardson of the 2000 block of Old Minden Road, Bossier City, was arrested on a first degree murder warrant and has a $750,000 bond.
“We’ve been working on it all day long, (today, Friday, Aug. 6),” Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said. “We’ve been in meetings with the assistant district attorney and Bossier City detectives. We were able to get enough probable cause, and he’s in custody as of 3:30 this afternoon.”
Cropper said Jacorein Richardson was arrested at his residence and a weapon recovered is the same caliber as the casings located at the scene of the Minden shooting.
“We feel very strongly that he is the shooter in the death of our three-year-old,” said the chief.
Cropper said Richardson’s mother lives in Bossier, however, Richardson “travels a lot between Arcadia and Bossier.”
“The night the baby was killed, he was in Arcadia at that time,” Cropper said. “We feel this was a retaliation to the death in Arcadia. Richardson was a cousin of the victim in that shooting.”
According to KTBS News, three-year-old Aldravion Taylor was killed when a person, now identified as Jacorein Richardson, sprayed the house on Plum Street with gunfire. Aldravion was struck by a bullet inside the home and taken by his mother to the hospital, where he died.
Two hours earlier, a 19-year-old man, identified as Damarion Richardson, was shot and killed in a convenience store parking lot on Second Street in Arcadia. Bienville sheriff’s detectives said Damarion Richardson of Arcadia and the alleged shooter, Shamichael Murphy, 24, also of Arcadia, had been involved in an ongoing feud.
Murphy has been arrested for second-degree murder. Later that night, a second man, Jamarcus Abbott, of Arcadia, was arrested for simple battery and obstruction of justice.
“One of the men in the house on Plum Street was one of the ones arrested in the Bienville shooting,” Cropper said. “He was not charged with the actual homicide, but he was charged with illegal use of a firearm. He was in the house on Plum Street when the drive-by shooting occurred.”
Abbott and his brother David were with Damarion Richardson when he was shot, investigators said.