By David Boroff: A New Jersey teen was arrested in Tennessee and charged with murder one month after an 8-year-old girl was struck in the head by a stray bullet.
Camden resident Tyhan Brown, 18, was apprehended without incident at his uncle’s home in Clarksville on Friday.
Little Gabrielle “Gabby” Hill Carter was killed across the street from her Camden home while riding her bike on Aug. 24. Several men had opened fire on an intended target, according to police.
Brown is in jail while awaiting extradition proceedings.
This is not a moment for celebration,” Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson said, according to the Courier-Post. “It’s not even a moment for pause.”
The suspect’s mother and his girlfriend have been charged with hindering the investigation. Authorities say they gave false alibis for Brown.
While cops are still looking for other suspects, they believe to have “the principal actor in what took place that night,” Chief Thomson said, according to the Courier-Post.
“We are going to relentlessly continue our investigation into bringing those folks to justice,” he said.
Thomson said other suspects “have been hiding under a rock” and “it’s only a matter of time before we flip that rock over,” the newspaper reported.
Gabby’s mother Meresa Carter-Phillips told WPVI that while it was good that Brown was arrested, “nothing is going to change the fact that my daughter is gone and I have a loss.”
“It was like a little relief off my back, but I still feel the same way, my daughter is not here anymore,” she said.