Search for 3rd suspect known in shooting death of 9-year-old girl continues

RPD renews call for help catching suspect

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The search continues for a third suspect after two men have already been arrested in connection to the death of a 9-year-old girl, who was caught in the crossfire and killed at a park over Memorial Day weekend. Officials are asking a third suspect to turn himself into police.

Markiya Dickson, a third-grader who attended school in Chesterfield, was shot on May 26 at Carter Jones Park during a community cookout with dozens of families. An 11-year-old boy, who was also at the park, was also shot but survived.

Investigators said that another adult male had been struck by gunfire as well, who came forward the following day. Richmond Police Lieutenant Faith Flippo said the shooting was not random, and that there were two groups of people fighting on the park’s basketball court.

The two men in custody are 18-year-old Quinshawn Betts and 21-year-old Jermaine Davis.

The two men in custody are 18-year-old Quinshawn Betts and 21-year-old Jermaine Davis.
The two men in custody are 18-year-old Quinshawn Betts and 21-year-old Jermaine Davis. (Source: Richmond Police Department)

Betts and Davis will make their first court appearance on Nov. 4.

The third suspect, 20-year-old Jesus Turner remains on the run.

“Turner may be in Chesterfield County where he has family or in Richmond where he has friends,” said Major Crimes Lieutenant Faith Flippo. “We will pass on any tips we receive to the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force who are actively looking for him.”

The third suspect, Jesus Turner, 20, remains on the run.
The third suspect, Jesus Turner, 20, remains on the run. (Source: Richmond Police Department)

Betts and Davis have both been charged with murder, two counts of malicious wounding and three counts using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Turner will be served six outstanding felony indictments when he is apprehended.

Officials held a press conference on the arrests. Watch it here:

Press Conference on Arrest in Markiya Dickson Shooting Death

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Markiya Dickson, a third-grader who attended school in Chesterfield, was shot on May 26 at Carter Jones Park during a community cookout with dozens of families. An 11-year-old boy, who was also at the park, was also shot but survived.

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The FBI eventually joined the investigation and along with Richmond police announced a $20,000 reward for help in finding the suspect who shot and killed Dickson.

In late May, the Richmond Police Department released information about the suspects they were looking for in connection to the shooting:

  • “Suspect 1: A young black male who was seen with no shirt on and wearing a white towel or T-shirt on his head. He is believed to have braids that are shoulder length.”
  • “Suspect 2: A young black male with a medium build and short cropped hair. He was seen wearing blue shirt and grey or dark colored pants.”
  • “Suspect 3: A young black male wearing dark clothing.”
Markiya Simone Dickson.
Markiya Simone Dickson. (Source: Family photo)

A GoFundMe page has been established to help Markiya’s family. Anyone with information in the shooting is still asked to call Richmond police or the FBI at 804-261-1044.

In September, Rep. Abigail Spanberger, Virginia’s 7th Congressional District representative, honored Dickson on the House floor.

Although police have identified the suspects, they still urge the public to come forward with any additional information related to the shooting at Carter Jones Park.

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