Suspects charged with drive-by shooting that left a mother paralyzed
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. —
A Battle Creek mother was shot in the back while rushing her children inside during a drive-by shooting Thursday and may never walk again.
Latesha Bills, 27, is paralyzed from the waist down.
Candace Grove, Bills mother, said, “If they do the surgery to take the bullet out of her spine, she will be fully paralyzed.”
Jarviz Brown and Davon West were arraigned Thursday and charged with intentionally shooting at a person causing serious injury. The two suspects each face six felonies, including two counts of assault with the intent to commit murder and three counts of felony firearm.
Brown and West are accused of firing between 10 to 15 shots at the five children and two adults outside the home at the corner of Goguac Street and South Washington Avenue just before noon Tuesday.
According to police, one suspect stood up through the car’s sunroof and shot, the other fired from the side window.
"It was sad and I was scared," said Tayshawn Smith-Grove, the shooting victim’s 10-year-old son.
The oldest of five children, Tayshawn was the last to get inside the house. His mom was right behind him when she was shot.
“I feel my daughter was my grandbabies' hero because it could have been them,” said Grove.
Police believe the victim's brother, Anthony Bacon, was the intended target. He is also behind bars, charged with felon in possession of a gun.
Grove said her son shot back at the car in an attempt to protect his sister and her children.
Investigators believe Bacon fired in self-defense; however, Bacon is not allowed to have a gun because he’s a convicted felon.
One child in jail, the other in the hospital. Grove says the drive-by shooting stemmed from a nearly decade-long feud between her son and Brown.
According to police, Bacon and Brown crossed paths and exchanged words before the shooting in a chance encounter at a fast food restaurant.
Grove said, “They didn't care even about the kids being out here, it's just terrible.”
Bond for Brown and West was set at $150,000.