Police have charged two men with first-degree murder over the shooting death of a two-year-old boy in Detroit.
Darius Evonte Lanier, 19, and Eugene Meredith Hubbard, 21, were arrested on Saturday in connection with the shooting on Interstate 75 last Thursday evening.
Brison Christian, two, was shot and killed while sitting in his car seat as his dad drove his older brother, nine-year-old BJ, home from basketball practice. BJ also suffered injuries in the shooting, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Prosecutors believe Lanier and Hubbard shot at the Christian's truck because it was a similar make and color to a vehicle they were intending to target.
'The Christian family were completely innocent victims. This was a family returning from a child sports activity that were mistaken for others because of their truck,' Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a news release.
'Two-year-old Brison is dead and his nine-year-old brother barely escaped serious injury. A child is dead because adults decided that they were judge, jury, and executioner.'
In addition to murder, the Lanier and Hubbard were formally charged Tuesday with three counts of assault with intent to murder, one count of discharge from a vehicle causing death, one count of discharge from a vehicle causing injury, two counts of discharge from a vehicle and eight counts of felony firearm.
Darius Evonte Lanier, 19, and Eugene Meredith Hubbard, 21, were arrested on Saturday over the shooting, which took place on Interstate 75 last Thursday evening
Brison Christian, two, was shot and killed while sitting in his car seat as his dad drove along Interstate 75 in Detroit last Thursday
Brison and his older brother, BJ, were both shot. Brison was pronounced dead, while BJ was rushed to hospital with injuries
Father Brian Christian spoke with WDIV over the weekend about the harrowing moment his car was shot at.
He claimed the culprits drove up alongside him and began indiscriminately firing, and he soon realized both his sons had been hit.
'I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy,' he stated.
'I would've bet my last dollar that boy was going to be something special,' Christian said of his deceased son.
'I would've bet my last dollar that boy was going to be something special,' Christian said of his deceased son
The shooting has shocked Detroit and led a new initiative dubbed 'Operation Brison'
Meanwhile on Tuesday, Detroit Interim Police Chief James White announced a new initiative named in honor of Brison Christian.
Dubbed 'Operation Brison' the initiative will see Detroit police will work with neighboring agencies to patrol freeways for road rage and other violent acts.
'This is unacceptable,' White stated at a news conference announcing the new operation. 'We will never forget little Brison. We will never forget what happened to him.'
'If you do a drive-by, we have over 100 crime analysts [and] we're going to identify who's doing this violence,' he stated.
Detroit Interim Police Chief James White announced a new initiative named in honor of Brison Christian.
Michigan State Police are seen investigating on Interstate 75 last Thursday night