2 men indicted in connection to 2-year-old shot in head

Ara Donnell McLaughlin, Jr. and Randy Onan Vaughan, Jr.
Ara Donnell McLaughlin, Jr. and Randy Onan Vaughan, Jr.(Henrico Police)
Published: Feb. 6, 2020 at 5:51 PM EST
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**UPDATE: On Dec. 17, 2020, Ara McLaughlin pleaded guilty to aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He was sentenced on March 9, 2021 to 43 years in prison with 17 years suspended. On April 20, 2021, Randy Vaughan pleaded guilty to aggravated malicious wounding. He was sentenced on June 25, 2021 to 30 years in prison with 20 years suspended. Charges of shooting from a vehicle and shooting into an occupied building were set aside for both defendants.

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - Two men have been indicted on several charges in connection to a shooting that left a toddler in critical condition after being shot in the head.

Ara Donnell McLaughlin, Jr., 19 of Richmond, and Randy Onan Vaughan, Jr., 23 of Henrico, were indicted on aggravated malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting from a vehicle and shooting into an occupied dwelling.

The two were originally charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. It is unclear where those charges currently stand.

Police responded around 6:04 p.m. on Dec. 10 to the 400 block of Winston Street for a report of a firearm violation. When officers arrived they said it was apparent shots had been fired.

“[Upon arrival the} officer could hear screaming from inside of the residence and upon entering observed what he described as “blood trailing all over the inside entrance"," an affidavit stated. “He was met by three small children who reiterated, “they shot my little nephew in the head” and that their grandmother took him to the hospital.”

Police said the child is no longer in the Richmond area and is still recovering from his injuries.

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