Sacramento Sheriff's take 10-year-old into custody for the alleged shooting death of another 10-year-old

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department announced today that a juvenile suspect was taken into custody after he allegedly shot and killed another child.

Around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, deputies responded to the 4700 block of Greenholme Drive in North Highlands, where an unresponsive juvenile was found in the middle of the parking, bleeding from his head and neck. Initial reports from witnesses stated that the victim was a teenager and that he had been shot. 

Deputies immediately attempted life-saving efforts until Sacramento Metro Fire Department personnel arrived on the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. It was later confirmed that the victim was only 10 years old.

Witnesses told deputies that the individual(s) responsible for the shooting ran into a nearby apartment. Deputies called out all the individuals from that apartment and detained everyone without incident. 

Detained from the apartment were an adult and two juveniles. The adult was later identified as 53-year-old Arkete Davis.

Based on their investigation, detectives determined one of the juveniles detained, also a 10-year-old male, went to his father’s (Davis) vehicle to get him cigarettes, took a gun from inside the vehicle and bragged that his father had a gun. He then shot once and ran into a nearby apartment. 

Detectives located a firearm in a nearby trashcan, where Davis is believed to have tried to dispose of it. Detectives confirmed that Davis was legally prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm. The recovered firearm was also reported stolen in 2017.

The juvenile suspect was arrested and booked into the Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility, where he was charged with PC 187 – Murder. Davis was arrested and transported to the Sacramento County Main Jail, where he was charged with several felony firearm-related charges, as well as PC 273a(a) – Child Endangerment and PC 32 – Accessory After the Fact. Davis is being held on $500,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on January 3, 2024.

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