Six arrests have been made in connection with the shooting death of 15-year-old Keiara Palmer, who was killed in a hail of gunfire on Aug. 3.
Authorities said today the arrests were made after a joint investigation by the DeKalb County Police Department’s Major Crimes Section, Gang and Intelligence Unit, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad and the U.S. Marshalls joined forces in the investigation and apprehension.
Two juveniles and four adults have been apprehended: 17-year-old Roderick Harris, 22-year-old Michael Miller, 18-year-old Sharod Jackson and 18-year-old Roderick Jackson are in custody and charged with Felony Murder, two counts of Aggravated Assault and six counts of Felony Criminal Gang Activity.
“I applaud the combined efforts of all involved in apprehending these individuals,” said Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Cedric Alexander. “Those arrested have shown no regard for the safety and well-being of others and this will not be tolerated in our community.”
The arrests follows a news conference held Aug. 9 by several civil rights leaders demanding justice. The organizations included New Order Human Rights Organization, Operation Lead, Face 2 Face Coalition, Grieving Mothers, Unhappy Taxpayers and Voters, Black Man Never Forgets, Mira & Mira, T.E.A.R.S Nation of Islam, and the NAACP.
Three other victims were injured. Two have minor injuries and one remains hospitalized in stable condition.
Investigators said that 24-year-old Tahja Williams remains at large as of this evening. DeKalb Police are asking anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to call Crimestoppers at (404) 577- TIPS.