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Crime & Justice

2nd Man Charged In 3-Year-Old's Shooting Death, CMPD Says

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CMPD released a video clip showing the shooting Wednesday resulted in 150 rounds fired into a house and killed a 3-year-old.

Updated 1:52 p.m. ET

A second man has been charged in connection with this week’s drive-by shooting death of a 3-year-old boy while he slept inside his home in northwest Charlotte, police announced Saturday.

Jacob Lanier, 21, was in the Mecklenburg County jail after his arrest on Friday, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and jail records.

Lanier is accused of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, eight counts of attempted murder and nine counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling, according to a department news release.

Asiah Figueroa was killed and his 4-year-old sister wounded when people in multiple vehicles opened fire on a house late Tuesday night, police reported. Investigators said the gunmen fired 150 rounds into the home.

On Friday, the department said they had filed multiple charges against Qua’Tonio Stephens, 21, including accessory after the fact to murder, related to the shootings and Asiah's death. Stephens also was charged with involvement in another shooting into a house on Joe Morrison Lane on Tuesday.

According to CMPD, Stephens was arrested Wednesday after police stopped his vehicle during a pursuit on Interstate 85 in Charlotte. Police said its Crime Gun Suppression Team obtained "reasonable suspicion" to conduct a traffic stop on Stephens on Wednesday, which led to the pursuit.

CMPD says the investigation into that shooting, another Sunday that resulted in the death of a 16-year-old, and a handful of other shootings into Charlotte homes this week, is ongoing. Police have said they believe all are connected to disputes among students at Hopewell, North Mecklenburg and Chambers high schools.

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