A 12-year-old boy sought in connection with a fatal shooting in Omaha, Nebraska, was arrested in Minneapolis Tuesday night.
The boy is one of three suspects now in custody in connection with the death of 31-year-old Jamyell Ray on June 29. Prosecutors say the boy, his 17-year-old brother and a 15-year-old boy lured Ray and his 30-year-old friend to a park on the premise of a drug deal, but had planned to rob them, WOWT reports.
The boys are believed to have been involved in a gang, reports note.
“It’s a concern when you have young people involved in crimes,” Douglas County, Nebraska Attorney Don Kleine said, according to the Omaha-World Herald. “It shocks everyone.”
Prosecutors say all three boys had guns when Ray was killed. His friend was also shot, but released from the hospital the following day, reports note.
"It's incomprehensible. It's unbelievable when you think of somebody who's 12 years old ... and being charged with murder for having a gun – approaching somebody and using that firearm with two other people ..." Kleine told KTIV.
The 12-year-old was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service Tuesday night in Minneapolis and will be brought back to Nebraska to face charges, reports say. The two other suspects – arrested last week and charged with first-degree murder – were denied bond at their first court appearance Tuesday.
Kleine says this is the youngest person he can remember being sought in connection with a first-degree murder charge, reports note.
The attorney's office has said it intends to charge all three boys as adults, although it is unclear under the state's new law if the case against the 12-year-old can proceed in adult court, WOWT notes.
(Earlier this year, Nebraska abolished the death penalty, replacing it with life without parole. Lawmakers also amended the criminal procedure for juvenile cases – see how Nebraska compares to Minnesota and other states here.)
It's not known how the 12-year-old made his way to Minneapolis or if anyone helped him get there. WOWT 6 News reports the boy's father was living in Minnesota when he was a toddler, but does not say if the man currently resides in the state.