TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Toledo Police have made an arrest in the case of a three-year-old shot and killed on Thanksgiving. Lt. Kevan Toney says the suspect is a teenager from Detroit with Toledo ties. Police are not releasing his name at this time. They say he's being held in the Lucas County Juvenile Justice Center ahead of an arraignment tomorrow.
Police say this was not a random act. But they think the boy's father was not the intended target and the shooting may have been a case of mistaken identity.
On Thanksgiving night, Malachi Barnes and two other children were in the backseat of Barnes' father's vehicle around 9:00 p.m heading north on I-75 at Collingwood. That's when investigators say someone pulled up next to the vehicle and started shooting. Malachi was shot at least one time. The boy's father took him to an area hospital, where he later died.
At tonight's news conference, Lt. Toney said, "Hopefully Malachi's parents Anthony and Christian ... [will] sleep just a little better tonight."
Toledo police chief George Kral said after the murder, “Malachi Barnes’ death was the epitome of an unnecessary and tragic death. We, as a community, need to step up and report to authorities who committed this horrible crime. We must bring justice for this young child. We must bring justice for his family and loved ones.”
Police tonight said the investigation is far from over but they've not released if there are any other suspects at this time.
They're asking anyone with any information to call Crimestopper at 419-255-1111. A monetary reward is still being offered.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this web story misidentified the suspect as a Toledo teen rather an individual from Detroit with Toledo ties.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story replaces a previous version with new and updated information.