According to Detective Terry Kelley, the shooting that left 6-year-old Londynn Wall-Neal, 9-year-old Demetrius Wall-Neal, and 22-year-old Charles Wade dead was a planned attack. He showed a picture as evidence of a Nissan Altima from model years 2010-12 with the rear license plate removed.
During an update on Tuesday, Dec. 14, Kelley announced that whoever fired the gunshots knew the two children were inside the car, saying it is unclear if the shooters intended for the children to die, but adding that it’s clear the shooters didn’t care.
“With the children, in all intents and purposes, being targets of this, I would hope that our community would band together and say, ‘This is not OK,'” Kelley said. “I would hope that our community would come forward and say, ‘We will not allow this violence to happen to these kids.'”
Kelley is asking for the public’s help and further tips that could lead to the discovery of the Altima or of the people involved.
On Dec. 7, the three victims were shot while inside a car in the 6600 block of Kodiak Drive. Once officers arrived, they tried to perform life-saving measures, but the three died shortly afterward.
Kelley says the suspect’s car was in the apartment complex during the day. The shooting, which didn’t happen until that night, appeared to be planned. Someone may have seen who was inside the car during that time, he added.
After the shooting, Assistant Chief LaShanna Potts told the media “enough is enough” with gun violence in the city.
“All the evidence that we have at the scene indicates that this is not a random act,” Kelley said last week. “It does appear to be a targeted assassination, and there’s no other way to say it.”
Anyone with information on this case can contact CPD’s Homicide Unit at (614) 645-4730, Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-8477, or Det. Kelley at (614) 778-9706.