MPD has apprehended two individuals in relation to the shooting incident involving a 9-year-old girl on Rhett Drive. Tyrone Williams, 19, and Ariel Curry, 22, are under arrest and are set to face felony murder charges in connection with the tragic death of Cailee Knight.
Additionally, they will be charged with shooting into an occupied building for a distinct incident that occurred on December 5 at the 1000 block of Racine Drive.
Mobile Police acknowledge the vital role played by the community in these arrests, emphasizing that this marks the initial steps toward achieving justice.
“I am deeply grateful for the community’s support during our initial interview when I sought assistance. I want to express my sincere appreciation for all the valuable tips we received from the community, which played a crucial role in resolving this case,” stated Major Linda Tims.
Investigators revealed that Cailee Knight was asleep on her couch when her home was subjected to a hail of gunfire, resulting in her tragic death.
Chief Prine highlighted a significant breakthrough on Thursday morning when a Mobile County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a car at a gas station on Moffett, leading to the discovery of one of the suspects in the vehicle.
Chief Prine emphasized that this marks the initial stages of the pursuit of justice, declaring unequivocally that such incidents will not be tolerated.
He asserted, “It’s not going to be tolerated, whether or not I hold the position of chief. Ultimately, these children are vulnerable and rely on the police department, community leaders, preachers, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, for protection. I must acknowledge that, to some extent, all of us have fallen short in safeguarding this child. This will not be accepted.”