Suspect in Child Shooting Had Prior Convictions

Defendant Was Banned from Owning or Possessing Firearms


Baltimore police say at least one of the suspects in the shooting death of 7-year-old Taylor Hayes has three prior criminal convictions and could not legally possess a gun. Hayes, a second-grader, was riding in the back of a vehicle in southwest Baltimore on July 5 when she was struck in the back by a bullet. Police arrested the driver of the vehicle after finding a loaded gun, a digital scale and a quantity of heroin in the glove box of the car.

Witnesses sat the scene told police they believed that the fatal shots were fired from a white Mercedes. The alleged owner of that car was arrested on Friday, August 17. When police booked the suspect, they discovered that he had two prior drug convictions, as well as a conviction on first-degree assault.

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