Couple charged in shooting death of 7-year-old child

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A couple were charged Monday with a drive-by shooting that killed a 7-year-old child on July 4 of last year, according to Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich.

Jordan Pittman, 19, and Angieline Kennedy, 21, are responsible for the murder of Kelby Shorty, 7, in a July 4, 2021 drive-by shooting in North Memphis, police say.

According to the crime report, a Mazda drove to a house in the 700 block of North Montgomery Street when someone from inside the vehicle began firing shots, hitting three people.

One woman was hit in the leg and another was hit in the upper thigh. They both survived.

Shorty, who was playing in the front yard at the time, was hit multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors said the shooting happened as people gathered for July 4 with nearly two dozen children outside setting off fireworks.

Pittman, Kennedy and another man were arrested days after the shooting after investigators received surveillance footage of the couple arguing with two of the victims before the shooting.

The victims identified Kennedy as the driver of the Mazda and Pittman as the passenger. A search warrant was then issued for their arrest.

On Monday, Pittman and Kennedy were indicted by a grand jury on first degree murder, two counts of attempted first degree murder, two counts of employing a firearm in the commission of a dangerous crime and reckless endangerment.

Kennedy is being held on a $100,000 bond and Pittman is being held on a $1 million bond.

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