SAN BERNARDINO – One year after 6-year-old Amarion Adams died from a fatal gunshot wound during a gang-related shooting at a family barbecue, police are still seeking a second person of interest in the case.
The first anniversary was marked Wednesday at San Bernardino police headquarters by a gathering that included members of the child’s family, along with lead detective, Brian Lewis.
Kendrick Jackson has been charged with the crime and remains in custody, but San Bernardino police are still seeking a second person of interest. Brandon Louis McGee has not been located since the crime occurred and is still being sought.
One of the biggest obstacles is getting witnesses to talk about the crime, said Lewis.
“There were numerous people outside,” he said. “We know people saw something. We’re asking for one of those people to come forward and do the right thing.”
Donna Moreno, who is Amarion’s aunt, voiced an even stronger opinion.
“We want the people who were at the shooting to come on up and tell the truth,” she said. “Right now, they are being straight-out cowards.”
Estimates say as many as 60 people were in attendance at the barbecue and may have seen something important that would aid police. Reports are that a silver or gray Chevrolet Malibu pulled up at a family barbecue. Shooters fired rifle shots into the crowd, wounding Amarion and four others.
Jackson, who was arrested a short time later, is awaiting trial on charges of murder and attempted murder, police said.
Police believe the shooting victims were likely random targets with no connection to a gang-related shooting that had taken place days before Amarion’s death in the 2000 block of West 14th Street.
Lewis said there is known gang activity in that neighborhood.
McGee, meanwhile, is also wanted on a Nevada warrant for probation violation. He is a Las Vegas resident.
Said Gwen Waters, a police spokesman, said Amarion’s death and the crime have not been forgotten.
“Homicide detectives are still working diligently to bring resolution to this case,” he said.
Waters said the gathering of Amarion’s family, police and news media was an attempt to “reach out to the public once again for help in bringing those responsible for his murder to justice.”