Makiya Walls, 12, was home with her mother, 35 year-old Maesha Lundy, and other family members the night before she was scheduled to start middle school. Suddenly, around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night, in their Victorville, California neighborhood, a gunman opened fire on their home. Unfortunately, Makiya was sitting by the downstairs window and was shot multiple times. Makiya was rushed to the hospital but doctors were unable to save her and she died around 10:00 p.m. that night.
Update On The Makiya Walls’ Shooting:
According to the LA Times, the Victorville Police Department has arrested the man suspected of shooting and killing 12-year-old Makiya Walls. Anthony Pitts, who is also known on the streets as Gutter, is a self-admitted gang member. Apparently, Pitts has been in a feud with the victim’s mother, Maesha Lundy.
This argument had been going on for the past several months, sheriff’s homicide Sgt. John Gaffney said to the LA Times. Earlier in the day, there was a confrontation between members of both families.
Police officers allege that Pitts walked up to Makiya’s home in Victorville on Wednesday night and opened fire, striking the 12-year-old girl. The suspect fled the scene at the time of the shooting. Officers believe that Makiya was not intended as the target for the shooting and that it was over an ongoing dispute with Makiya’s family and Pitts’ family. Not only was Pitts arrested, but Danielle Cummings and Reyna Mercado were arrested for being part of the dispute. It’s unclear why they were arrested.
While police officers were investigating the death of Makiya Walls, Cummings revealed to police that she received threatening phone calls from Makiya’s mother, Maesha Lundy, and Lundy’s boyfriend, 34-year-old Christopher Hicks. LA Times reported that the calls began on Wednesday around 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Cummings recorded the threats and played them for the police. Believing the threats were credible, officers arrested Lundy and Hicks in a Victorville hotel.
Investigators declined to release details about the dispute and threats. The family of Makiya Walls’ created a Go Fund Me page to help with the costs of her burial.