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Texas Police arrest 20-year-old suspect in broad daylight shooting of two girls walking home from school

September 5, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas Police arrest 20-year-old suspect in broad daylight shooting of two girls walking home from school

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Texas law enforcement officials apprehended a 20-year-old man who is suspected of shooting two young girls, one of which was fatal, in an alleyway as the girls walked home from school on Friday.

Officers arrested Kody Lott, of Seymour, during a traffic stop at around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday after someone claimed that he saw the suspect  carrying a rifle near the location of the shooting where 13-year-old Lauren Landavazo was killed, according to relatives and police.

The unidentified tipster trailed Lott until police caught up and pulled over the man’s vehicle in a shopping center parking lot, according to Darin Dodd, the victim’s uncle.

Dodd said Lott attempted to flee, but he was “quickly tackled and arrested.”

Police initially charged Lott with weapons possession. However, investigators said he admitted to the shooting that tragically killed Lauren and injured her friend, Makalya Smith, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The 13-year-old teens were on their way home from school when Dodd allegedly opened fire at the girls, hitting both of them. Lauren died, and Makalya remains in serious condition at a local hospital.

“While we have some relief, it still does not bring her back, it does not take away the pain but it does help this community to know that their kids can get to school and not live in fear,” said Dodd following the arrest.

Lott now faces charges of aggravated assault, murder, and possession of a prohibited weapon. Lott currently remains in the custody of the Wichita County Jail without bail.

Rodney Smith, Makalya’s father, told reporters his daughter is in stable condition after at least one bullet became lodged in her ribcage.

In a statement on Saturday, Smith said: “Her last minute reaction to turn and attempt to run more than likely caused the bullet to travel east and west rather than straight on.”


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