Shooting in Detroit Neighborhood Leaves 8-Year-Old Boy Dead.

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The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads thus: A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.  These words are now at the very center of a heated political debate.  Some people believe that bearing arms is a right, not a privilege.  Others believe that the availability of firearms to the masses presents too many risks to the safety of the general public.

Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum regarding gun control, the facts regarding violence caused by firearms in the United States are simply undeniable.  People living in major cities, such as Detroit, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, have witnessed some of the most heinous acts of gun violence ever recorded.   Despite our best efforts to find a remedy, the problem continues to worsen and innocent people continue to die.

The statistics are staggeringly bleak.  On average, 32 Americans are murdered with guns every day, and 140 are treated for a gun assault daily in an emergency room.  Of these victims, there are an average of eight children or teens under the age of 20.  Young people, sadly, are commonly the victims of gun violence.  In fact, firearm homicide is the second leading cause of death for American youths, ages 1-19.

On July 30, 2014, a shooting in Detroit, Michigan claimed yet another innocent life.  8-year-old Jakari Pearson was asleep in his home in the Brewster Complex, which is located on the eastern side of the city.  At about 1:15 am, residents in the area surrounding the complex heard several loud gunshots.  Though most residents took cover in the confines of their homes, several went out to investigate.  Jakari’s mother had brought her young son out in front of their home and was calling 911 after he was shot.  Neighbors witnessing this horrible scene then saw police and EMTs arrive.  Jakari was taken to the nearby Children’s Hospital of Michigan.  Forty-five minutes later, Jakari was pronounced dead.

Police investigations that day revealed that the shots that killed Jakari were fired from behind the home at an upward angle, towards the second floor.  Ballistics also showed that one bullet penetrated the side of the house and the wall of Jakari’s bedroom.  It then struck him while he slept.  According to his loved ones, Jakari was going into the fourth grade and was a good student.  He loved playing baseball.

In the wake of Jakari’s tragic passing, police are trying to identify the shooter.  Though no arrests have been made, several “persons of interest” have been brought in by the Detroit Police Department for questioning.

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