A man in Texas turned himself in on Thursday, a day after he allegedly shot into the wrong apartment and killed a 9-year-old girl.
Tyrese Simmons, 19, is charged with the capital murder of Brandoniya Bennett, who KTVT reported was sitting on a couch in her Dallas apartment when she was shot in the head. Simmons’s intended target was reportedly in the unit next door to Bennett.
Wednesday’s fatal shooting reportedly stemmed from a diss track made about Simmons, an aspiring rapper. The news station reported that the armed teen engaged in a chase with a rival rapper in the apartment complex when one of them, presumably the rival rapper, hid in one of the units.
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Dallas police Major Danny Williams told The Dallas Morning News that Bennett was set to start school and got her nails done a day before she was shot and killed. Williams became choked up while recounting how first responders placed the wounded girl in a squad car and began driving her to the hospital before they were met by fire rescue.
An affidavit obtained by the outlet stated that Simmons has a pending misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly punching a man in the face, resulting in him to losing consciousness.
According to KDFW, witnesses who helped police identify the shooter said they broke up a fight between Simmons and another man when Simmons said he would be back to shoot the place up. He allegedly returned armed and shot into the townhome where Bennett was staying.
Simmons turned himself in hours after police publicly identified him as the murder suspect. He remains jailed on $500,000 bail.
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[Featured image: Tyrese Simmons/Dallas County jail; Brandoniya Bennett/GoFundMe]