PITTSBURGH – Police announced Monday the arrest of a suspect in the Sunday afternoon fatal shooting of an 18-month-old Pittsburgh boy, WPXI-TV reported.
Twenty-six-year-old Londell Falconer, one of the people found to be connected with the shooting, has been charged with homicide and criminal conspiracy in the death of De’Avry Thomas, the TV station reported.
Police said the shooting happened on Fourth Avenue at around 2:44 p.m. Sunday, and officials at the scene classified the slaying as a drive-by shooting with a bullet piercing the window of a Jeep and striking the infant victim. He was pronounced dead by first responders, WPXI reported.
During a press conference following the shooting, officials said that the victim was not the intended target but a passenger in the car was.
According to the criminal complaint, police connected Falconer to the shooting when the car seen in surveillance video was found dumped in Troy Hill. Responding officers found the discarded license plate, a box with cleaning supplies and other items and a can of Red Bull in a nearby garbage can. The energy drink had Falconer’s fingerprints on it, the TV station reported.
According to the criminal complaint, Falconer was involved in a separate shooting early Monday, and police confronted him with the surveillance video while he was receiving treatment for that incident at an area hospital.
“I was the driver,” Falconer told police after viewing the video, WPXI reported.