The search is heating up for the second suspect who allegedly shot and killed a small boy in the middle of downtown Pittsburgh.
In the meantime, the child’s family is putting the pieces back together and organizing a funeral.
“I weep at the thought of another young life being taken from the city,” said City of Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey.
” I do not understand why. I don’t understand who would want to hurt someone,” said Amya Thomas, De’Avry Thomas’ aunt.
Pittsburgh police have officially issued a warrant for the arrest of 23-year-old Markez Anger.
Anger is wanted for his involvement in the shooting death of 18-month-old De’Avry Thomas in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.
The arrest warrant follows the arrest of Londell Falconer, who told police he was the driver in the case.
Falconer was charged after police said he was caught on surveillance video walking away from the scene of the shooting with Anger.
Neighbors spotted the two men throwing their Jeep, Illinois license plates and a can of Red Bull into trash cans in a Troy Hill neighborhood shortly after the shooting.
Little De’Avry Thomas was shot and killed in the Fourth Avenue drive-by near PPG Place just before 3 p.m. Sunday.
Investigators said he was not the intended target, but someone else in the car was.
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Gainey condemned the incident and said he was bringing renewed attention to the epidemic of gun violence to keep children safe.
“These acts of violence cannot and will not hold our city hostage. Enough is enough,” Gainey said during a Sunday night press briefing.
Gainey said his administration is actively working with community leaders to develop a comprehensive approach to addressing violent crime in communities as summer arrives.
He said his administration will use a forced deterrence model for law enforcement and crime prevention.
“Targeted deterrents identify a small number of extremely violent individuals whose activities are the catalyst for most of the violence on our streets.”
Gainey’s administration said it would reveal more of its anti-violence plan later this week.
Pittsburgh police are asking anyone with information on the second suspect’s location to call them immediately.
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