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Aug. 15, 2017

Three charged in shooting death of 12-year-old girl in Victorville


Anthony Pitts (Booking Photo)


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  – Three people have been charged in connection with the Wednesday night fatal shooting of 12-year-old Makiya Walls of Victorville.

 

Anthony Pitts, 26, of Adelanto, Danielle Cummings, 29, of Apple Valley, and Reyna Mercado, 28, of San Bernardino, have each been charged with one count of Murder and one count of Shooting at an Inhabited Dwelling.

 

Click here to download a copy of the complaint.

 

According to a Sheriff’s Dept. media advisory that was released on Friday, investigators determined there was an ongoing feud between the suspects and victims, and the victim’s residence was targeted by Pitts, Cummings and Mercado.

 

“Once again, we have an innocent child caught in the crossfire,” District Attorney Mike Ramos said. “A young life taken away, far too soon. We can’t bring her back, but I can promise one thing. Our office, our prosecutors, our victim advocates and all of our support staff, will work tirelessly like we do in every case to be the voice for young Makiya. She deserves nothing less than justice. We will hold these individuals accountable for their despicable actions.”

 

If convicted as charged, all three suspects face a maximum sentence of life in prison. They are scheduled to be arraigned this morning at Victorville Superior Court. No time and location is available at this time. Once exact information is available, it will be posted on the @sbcountyda Twitter account.




    
Reyna Mercado (Booking Photo)                Danielle Cummings (Booking Photo)

Contact: Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer (909) 382-3665 or via email at clee@sbcda.org or via text at (909) 782-5559

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