A 19-year-old was arraigned on open murder charges today, the final suspect charged in the September 2022 shooting death of 2-year-old Kai Turner.
Hashim Bell Jr. was arraigned today, after Battle Creek Police arrested him Wednesday. Officers from the Gang Suppression Unit and the newly-formed Community Oriented Policing Services Unit were in the area of North Washington Avenue and Ardmoor Drive Wednesday, investigating a shooting that happened over the weekend, when they were able to arrest Bell during a traffic stop.
As the police investigation has continued since the shooting, investigators uncovered additional information and physical evidence to support the charge against Bell.
On Sept. 20, 2022, officers responded at about 2:20 a.m. to a report of shots fired in the 100 block of Cliff Street, and found that Kai was shot. He died at the hospital from his injuries. Police determined that an SUV drove past the home, and someone fired multiple shots into the home. Kai was the only person injured, and police believe Kai’s family was not the intended target.
Two other suspects in this case are awaiting trial – 18-year-old Martavon Nelson of Battle Creek, and a 17-year-old of Battle Creek, not named due to their being a minor. Police arrested all three in September, the week of the shooting, but they did not have enough information and evidence to charge Bell at that time.
Police appreciate the community’s help in this case, as well as the help provided by other law enforcement agencies, to identify and charge the people responsible.