Detroit Boy, 8, Shot, Killed in His Bed

Bullet went through outside wall: police
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 30, 2014 11:50 AM CDT
Detroit Boy, 8, Shot, Killed in His Bed
Jamre Pearson is held back by a friend outside his home after his 8-year-old son was hit by a bullet fired from outside.   (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)

An 8-year-old boy who was lying in bed died after a bullet fired from outside went through a home's wall and hit him, Detroit police said. The child was struck about 1:15am today at his east side home and was taken to a hospital, where he died, police said. The boy's name wasn't released by police, but the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press identify him as Jakari Pearson. His mother was also hospitalized, WWJ-AM reports.

Neighbors told WWJ-AM they heard about five shots. Several bullet holes were visible in the bricks and a window of an upstairs bedroom at the home. A superhero-themed bed sheet was on the porch. Beatrice Spears, who lives nearby, left a teddy bear on the porch next to the sheet. "Hearing the gunshots and I heard his mother screaming, so I ran around here," Spears told the News. "Seen him in the middle of the street, and I seen his mother in the middle of the street, also." Police Sgt. Michael Woody said investigators have a "good idea" of who they're looking for and are working to track that person down. (More Detroit stories.)

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