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3 arrested following deadly shooting of 13-year-old boy in Tuscaloosa

Police: Kei’lan Allen was in his room, playing on his iPad when bullets came through his window
Kei'lan Allen was shot and killed while sitting inside his home.
Kei'lan Allen was shot and killed while sitting inside his home.
Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 1:19 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 18, 2021 at 6:27 PM CDT
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC/Gray News) – Tuscaloosa Police say they’ve arrested three people after a 13-year-old was shot and killed in Tuscaloosa.

James Deanthony Reed, 18, was arrested on Saturday night and charged with capital murder in the death of Kei’lan Allen.

Authorities said Allen was in his room playing on his iPad when bullets came through the window and hit him in the head.

TPD said Allen died at home.

James Deanthony Reed (left) and Julian Lamont Gordon, Jr. (right) are charged with capital...
James Deanthony Reed (left) and Julian Lamont Gordon, Jr. (right) are charged with capital murder.(Tuscaloosa Police Department)

A second suspect, 21-year-old Julian Lamont Gordon, Jr., was taken into custody Monday afternoon.

Gordon was also charged with Capital Murder. He is being held on no bond.

A third suspect was taken into custody around 6 p.m. Monday evening.

Jaden Zaire Jenkins, 19, has been charged with Capital Murder. He is being held on no bond.

“Obviously this is a true victim,” Tuscaloosa PD Violent Crimes Unit Captain Marty Sellers told WBRC. “This is someone who did nothing to deserve being shot, not that anyone ever does, but sometimes victims contribute to their own demise, but he certainly did not do that. He was minding his own business.”

According to police, there were so many bullet shell casings in the road near the home that officers had to use business cards from their wallets to fold and use as temporary evidence markers.

Officers found several shell casings near the home.
Officers found several shell casings near the home.(Tuscaloosa Police Department)

WBRC says court records show officers found several shell casings of different calibers.

Investigators also have surveillance video that shows the suspect’s car leaving the scene, in addition to being seen at a nearby service station minutes after the shooting.

Court records say Reed was seen getting out of the driver’s seat of the suspected vehicle.

Investigators believe Reed was targeting one of Kei’lan’s older family members.

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