18-month-old boy shot in Downtown Pittsburgh

18-month-old boy shot in Downtown Pittsburgh

UPDATE: Police have announced an arrest in connection with the shooting death of 18-month-old De’Avry Thomas in downtown Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.Police said Londell Falconer, 26, is charged with homicide and criminal conspiracy in connection with the child’s death .A criminal complaint with more details was not immediately available. Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates. Download the WTAE mobile app to stay connected with breaking news.PREVIOUS: An 18-month-old boy was shot and killed in an apparent drive-by Sunday afternoon in Downtown Pittsburgh, police said.Watch the report from Downtown: Click the video player above.Hours into the search for the person or people involved, Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey made a plea for an end to the senseless violence the city is continuously facing, saying thoughts and prayers are not going to make a change.Gainey was joined by Public Safety Director Lee Schmidt, US Attorney Cindy Chung and Pittsburgh Police Assistant Chief of Investigations Lavonnie Bickerstaff in providing an update on the search for the suspect, or suspects, just after 9 pm Sunday.Bickerstaff said through their investigation it has become clear the shooter missed their intended target, and now a child is dead. “Of course, the baby was not the intended target,” Bickerstaff said. She said the baby’s mother was not the target, either, but another person in the vehicle was.Police said they responded to 911 calls for a child shot in the 100 block of Fourth Avenue at about 2:44 pmThe baby, identified by the medical examiner’s office as De’Avry Thomas, was killed when shots were fired into a gray Jeep. Bickerstaff said investigators do not know of any relationship between any possible suspects and the child. “It can’t happen again and I don’t know what the circumstances are but no one should lose the 1-year-old child no matter what,” Greg Damjanovic said. Damjanovic said he heard several rounds, then looked out his window to see the mother in panic on the street below. “I grieve the thought of another young life being taken in the city. At the same time, I know that thoughts and prayers are not enough. We’re utilizing all available resources to find the responsible people so we can bring them to justice,” Gainey said. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 cameras were there in the city’s Troy Hill neighborhood as police and search dogs swept the block, then took the car into evidence. As the search continues for the suspect or suspects, Bickerstaff pointed out the volume of guns on Pittsburgh streets. “There’s just too many guns out there, and it has a lot to do with irresponsible gun ownership, straw purchases, especially here in the city of Pittsburgh, and guns making their way to the hands of young people,” Bickerstaff said. Chung said every federal tool will be made available to local and state agencies in this investigation. Police ask that if you know anything that could help in their investigation , call this number: 412-323-7161.

UPDATE: Police have announced an arrest in connection with the shooting death of 18-month-old De’Avry Thomas in downtown Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.

Police said Londell Falconer, 26, is charged with homicide and criminal conspiracy in connection with the child’s death.

A criminal complaint with more details was not immediately available.

This is a developing story. Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates. Download the WTAE mobile app to stay connected with breaking news.

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PREVIOUS: An 18-month-old boy was shot and killed in an apparent drive-by Sunday afternoon in Downtown Pittsburgh, police said.

Watch the report from Downtown: Click the video player above.

Hours into the search for the person or people involved, Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey made a plea for an end to the senseless violence the city is continuously facing, saying thoughts and prayers are not going to make a change.

Gainey was joined by Public Safety Director Lee Schmidt, US Attorney Cindy Chung and Pittsburgh Police Assistant Chief of Investigations Lavonnie Bickerstaff in providing an update on the search for the suspect, or suspects, just after 9 pm Sunday.

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Bickerstaff said through their investigation it has become clear the shooter missed their intended target, and now a child is dead.

“Of course, the baby was not the intended target,” Bickerstaff said.

She said the baby’s mother was not the target, either, but another person in the vehicle was.

Police said they responded to 911 calls for a child shot in the 100 block of Fourth Avenue at about 2:44 pm

The baby, identified by the medical examiner’s office as De’Avry Thomas, was killed when shots were fired into a gray Jeep.

Bickerstaff said investigators do not know of any relationship between any possible suspects and the child.

“It can’t happen again and I don’t know what the circumstances are but no one should lose the 1-year-old child no matter what,” Greg Damjanovic said.

Damjanovic said he heard several rounds, then looked out his window to see the mother in panic on the street below.

“I grieved the thought of another young life being taken in the city. At the same time, I know that thoughts and prayers are not enough. We’re utilizing all available resources to find the responsible people so we can bring them to justice,” Gainey said.

Within a few hours of the shooting, police tracked down a black Jeep which investigators said was used in the drive-by.

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Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 cameras were there in the city’s Troy Hill neighborhood as police and search dogs swept the block, then took the car into evidence.

As the search continues for the suspect or suspects, Bickerstaff pointed out the volume of guns on Pittsburgh streets.

“There’s just too many guns out there, and it has a lot to do with irresponsible gun ownership, straw purchases, especially here in the city of Pittsburgh, and guns making their way to the hands of young people,” Bickerstaff said.

Chung said every federal tool will be made available to local and state agencies in this investigation.

Police ask that if you know anything that could help in their investigation, call this number: 412-323-7161.

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