Family of 9-year-old girl killed in Sacramento drive-by shooting speaks out

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The Latest (Tuesday, Oct. 6):

7:30 p.m.

Sgt. Sabrina Briggs said she could not release or confirm any information about a person of interest in the case.

6:30 p.m.

Sacramento Police Sgt. Sabrina Briggs tells FOX40 there has not been an arrest in the shooting death of Makaylah Brent.

Councilman Allen Warren now says police have instead detained a person of interest who is being questioned. The councilman said he was originally told by his sources that there had been an arrest.

4:40 p.m.

At a Tuesday press conference, Sacramento City Councilman Allen Warren confirmed someone has been arrested in the shooting death of 9-year-old Makaylah “Kay-Kay” Brent.

Brent’s 6-year-old cousin and her aunt were also wounded by the gunfire, along with a man.

Original story below:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – The family of a 9-year-old girl, who was killed in a Sacramento drive-by shooting, spoke out Monday.

Amber Leslie Brent told FOX40 her family and her entire neighborhood is devastated by the senseless killing of her granddaughter, Makaylah “Kay-Kay” Brent.

“We’re just asking for answers. We just want to know who did this,” Amber Leslie Brent told FOX40. “She was just a regular little girl. She just loved her little nails and getting her hair done. She loved keeping her edges cute.”

She said her granddaughter was always trying to help others.

“She just made sure everybody tried to make you feel comfortable. She was always the little girl running around like, ‘You want something to drink? Can I get you something?’ She was just always thinking about others,” Amber Leslie Brent recalled.

The family said Makaylah Brent was playing in Mama Marks Park with her cousin, 6-year-old Nay, and Nay’s mother when all three were hit by gunfire in a drive-by shooting Saturday afternoon. A man was also hit.

The other three were rushed to the hospital but the family said Makaylah Brent died at the scene.

“For somebody to take her life so short, it’s hurtful. It’s hurtful and I can’t even tell or explain the pain that my family is trying to absorb right now,” Amber Leslie Brent said.

No arrests have been made. Police have not yet released a motive, nor have officers said if the shooting was gang-related or not.

Meanwhile, the girl’s grandmother said she had a message for the shooter or shooters and their families.

“I pray that their family has a conscience, that they see the light and that they tell them, ‘Hey, wait, this wasn’t right,’” she said. “My babies wasn’t your intended target but if that was the case, have a heart, do right, turn yourself in. Please, please do right by these streets.”

Police are asking anyone who may have any information on this or the other shootings that happened over the weekend to please come forward.

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