Suspect arrested in death of 7-year-old Atlanta girl shot while out Christmas shopping

Authorities in Virginia have arrested the suspected wanted in the shooting death of 7-year-old girl was was shot and killed while out Christmas shopping in Atlanta with her family last month, WXIA reports.

Daquan Reed, 24, was captured on Wednesday in Hampton, Virginia, Atlanta police said, and is awaiting extradition to Atlanta.

Police said that Reed got into an argument in the parking lot outside Saks Fifth Avenue at Atlanta’s high-end Phipps Plaza on December 21. As he left the area, he fired three shots out the car window, police said, one of them striking Kennedy Maxie, who was riding in the back seat of her aunt’s car.

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The girl’s aunt said she didn’t realize she had been shot right away and drove her to Children’s Health Care of Atlanta at Scottish Rite as soon as she did. Kennedy died nearly a week later, on December 26.

Police said they believe Reed is from Virginia and are not sure what ties he may have to the Atlanta area. But Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said the suspect has been previously detained and was convicted on a forgery charge in the city.

Police also said that they were assisted by a witness whose cooperation was “extremely beneficial to us moving forward as fast as we did in this case.”

Reed will be charged with felony murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and reckless conduct when he is returned to Atlanta.

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