A man sentenced to probation in October for drugs and resisting arrest was charged Sunday with shooting a toddler in her mother’s arms during a Christmas Day driveby incident.
The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force arrested Shaquille Oneill Davis, 22, shortly before noon Sunday in Durham, according to a Chapel Hill Police Department news release. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury in the shooting at the 751 Trinity Court apartment complex.
Davis, who is being held in the Orange County Jail in lieu of $650,000 secured bail, was serving 36 months of probation for resisting an officer and possessing a Schedule IV controlled substance with the intent to sell, according to the state Department of Corrections. He also has convictions for drugs, assault and breaking and entering, records show.
Children and parents were in the parking lot at 751 Trinity Court around 5:40 p.m. Friday when shots were fired from a car leaving the complex, police said. Friends and family have said Maleah Williams, 1, was in her mother’s arms when she was hit in the head by a stray bullet.
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Maleah was taken to UNC Children’s Hospital, where she had surgery and remains in critical condition, police reported. UNC Health Care does not release information about patients who are the victims of a violent crime.
Her family has set up an online fundraiser – gofundme.com/tbgf8buk – to help pay the hospital bills. The campaign had raised more than $2,200 toward its $3,500 goal by Sunday evening.
The Chapel Hill Police Department’s Crisis Unit is responding with offers of support. Anyone in need is asked to call 919-968-2806. The town’s Housing and Police departments also will host a community meeting later this week.
Chapel Hill residents’ hearts are grieving over the shooting of an innocent child, Mayor Pam Hemminger said following Davis’ arrest Sunday.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Maleah’s mother and father, her family and neighbors. We are all praying for her recovery, although we know, sadly, that their lives are forever changed,” Hemminger said. “Home. Family. Safety. We have a right to demand this as a community.”
“This is a time to come together and speak out against gun violence,” she said. “Our community should be a safe and peaceful place for everyone.”
The investigation into Friday’s shooting led members of the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force to the 3500 block of Century Oaks Road in Durham, police reported. They saw Davis get into a car while they were conducting surveillance and took him into custody without incident, police reported.
The task force includes investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Chapel Hill Police Department, Durham Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, Winston-Salem Police Department, Alamance County Sheriff's Office, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the N.C. State Highway Patrol and the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Department of Community Corrections – Probation and Parole.
Police ask that anyone with information about the shooting call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.