The publication reports that police detectives arrested an individual on Friday afternoon (April 22) in connection to the shooting in which a stray bullet wounded Jaiden DeLeon, a seven-year-old boy, in Paterson, New Jersey on February 29.
Citing sources, the publication reports that the individual has since been identified as 29-year-old Justin Pope, perhaps better known by his stage name as P-Dice. The news release announcing the arrest described the individual as “an alleged actor in this incident.”
The seven-year-old boy was playing at home with his siblings when a stray bullet came through the window and hit him in the shoulder, according to ABC 7 Eyewitness News.
The authorities have said that there has been no indication that Pope was trying to shoot anyone inside the residence.
A short while after the shooting, the mother of Jaiden DeLeon, Diana Irizarri, moved her family out of the apartment where the incident took place on Rosa Parks Boulevard – a street that has a history of gun violence.
“I’m so excited,” Diana Irizarri said of P-Dice’s arrest. “My whole family is happy about this. I give props to the Paterson Police Department. They did their job.”
As of press time, the authorities have not revealed what evidence linked P-Dice to the shooting.
In addition to attempted murder, P-Dice has been charged with weapons offenses and possession of a defaced firearm.
During an interview with VladTV last December, P-Dice claims he was pistol-whipped by members of Fetty Wap’s crew.