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Second suspect charged in shooting that injured an infant

By Mallory Cooke
By mcooke@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The second suspect accused in an East Jackson shooting that sent a baby and his mother to the hospital is officially charged in connection to the crime.

Officers said they are still trying to identify two other people involved.

Kijuan Murphy, 20, faced a judge Monday morning after nearly two months on the run. Murphy is charged with seven counts of attempted first degree murder, criminal impersonation and possession of marijuana.

“It's good they caught that one,” neighbor James Martin said.

Martin lives not far from the house on East End Street where police say gunmen opened fire on June 12. The shooting sent a 21-year-old woman and her 4-month-old son to the hospital.

“I've kindly got used to it,” Martin said. “They have shootings all the time all around here.”

According to Murphy’s arrest warrant, two of the victims identified him as one of the men responsible for the shooting.

Officers arrested another suspect, Damian McFarland, 19, in June. He faces six counts of attempted murder.

“I sure didn't want to see nobody get messed all up,” neighbor Tommy Mayo said.

Police picked up Murphy last week during a traffic stop along North Royal Street. Investigators say the suspect gave them a false name and officers allegedly found marijuana in his pocket.

Neighbors, like Martin, said they feel safer. “They do more patrolling here you know and they're more seen around the area, the police are,” Martin said.

Murphy is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Officers said the 4-month-old injured in the shooting was released from the hospital. The mom remains in the care of a medical facility.

Murphy is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 21.
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