Suspect Named in Shooting of 13-year-old Boy

Anderson police have named a suspect in the shooting of a 13-year-old boy on Montague Street.

They are looking for Ladarias Deshon Strickland, 19, who is also from Anderson.

Strickland is charged with attempted murder and possessing a weapon during a violent crime.

According to arrest warrants made public Thursday, Strickland had an assault rifle when he shot the teen in the left leg the night of Oct. 25. The bullet hit the boy's femoral artery, according to an arrest warrant.

Authorities said Thursday that the teen's condition is improving.

Lt. Mike Aikens said Thursday that there may be other people involved in the shooting that have not yet been identified.

"We feel like there probably are, but we won't know until we can talk to some more people," Aikens said.

Investigators say more than 50 shots were fired outside the Montague Street home. They have not yet disclosed a motive, but are studying potential gang ties to the shooting.

Two others were also shot on Montague Street. Rashon Markeise Williams, 19, who lived there, was hurt.

Robby Martez Shoemaker, 22, of Belton, was also shot there. It  remains unclear whether Williams and Shoemaker have been released from the hospital.

Two other shootings that occurred  a few hours later remain under.investigation. The other shootings occurred at Gamewell Court and Hudgens Street in Anderson, before dawn on Oct. 26.

Equinna Nicole Miller,31, was shot at a home on Gamewell Court and has been released from the hospital.

Her brother, Joseph Miller, was shot at a home on Hudgens Street. He has also been released from the hospital.

Joshua Bennett, a friend of Joseph Miller's, was also shot at the Hudgens Street home. He survived, but his condition is unknown.


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