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Montgomery Man arrested in killing of 3-year-old with stray bullet

MONTGOMERY (AP) — A man was arrested early Monday and charged with capital murder in the shooting death of boy who apparently was hit by a stray bullet when gunfire erupted in a residential area, police said.

The boy, who was just days short of his fourth birthday, was shot in the back while outside about 7:40 p.m. Sunday in a neighborhood off the Troy Highway. The boy's parents, Maria Glover and Ronnie Jackson, said the boy's name was Sequoya Jackson.

Sean Howard, 21, was arrested at his residence about 2:30 a.m. and taken into custody without incident, Capt. Huey Thornton said in a news release.

Howard was held without bond on the capital murder charge.

"This is an ongoing investigation; however, the shooting appears to have stemmed from an altercation between the suspect and another male," Thornton said.

Police spokesman Lt. Keith Barnett said earlier the initial investigation indicated people in three vehicles may have been shooting at each other at Briarhurst Drive and Honey Bee Court.

"Apparently, the vehicles came to a stop close to the intersection. Several rounds were fired in the vicinity, and it looks like the child was outside and was hit by a stray round at 7:40 p.m.," Barnett said.

The child was pronounced dead at a Montgomery hospital.

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