BALTIMORE (WJZ) — City police are now closer to bringing charges in the murder of a three-year-old girl. A wanted person of interest surrendered to police Friday.
Christie Ileto has the latest in the case.
Her murder launched a citywide manhunt, and Friday afternoon, sources told WJZ 21-year-old Tyrone Jamison, a person of interest in the fatal shooting of three-year-old McKenzie Elliot, is off the streets.
“We’ve been one step behind a person of interest that we’ve been looking for. We’ve served several search warrants,” said Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.
A porch she once played on is where police say McKenzie was killed by a stray bullet during an August 1 drive-by shooting.
Batts vowed to make an arrest by the end of the week. The 21-year-old is now in custody after turning himself in.
Police say Jamison was issued a warrant for violation of probation. Court records show he has a history of gun and drug offenses.
“We talk about a place like Baltimore, the ‘stop snitching’ mentality. But the fact that he turned himself in, it was probably a lot of pressure,” said city council member Nick Mosby.
The three-year-old, described as full of life, was carried out of church in a tiny pink casket. Her family is now starting their quest for peace hours after her burial.
Family and friends, who didn’t want to speak on camera, tell WJZ that this is a step in the right direction, but that there are still so many unanswered questions.
“It’s not completely over, unfortunately. There are violent repeat offenders all over Baltimore City,” said Mosley.
McKenzie’s murder reminds community members of the bigger problem plaguing Baltimore’s violent streets.
Police have not issued a murder warrant for Tyrone Jamison.
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