Jamaican charged in drive-by death of 12-y-o boy in the US

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA Jamaican teen in the US, who authorities say is without legal status in the country, is facing murder charges stemming from the fatal drive-by shooting of a 12-year-old Connecticut boy killed outside his home.

Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez confirmed Monday to the Connecticut Post that 18-year-old Tajay Chambers has been charged with murder with special circumstances, carrying a pistol without a permit, second-degree larceny and risk of injury to a child.

Perez says three juveniles will also be charged in connection with the December 18 shooting of Clinton Howell, described as a bystander.

Chambers, who is accused of being the trigger man in the shooting, has been in custody since December 19 for an October alleged assault. A judge held him on US$500,000 bond. ICE placed a detainer on Chambers, who authorities say is a Jamaican immigrant without legal status.

He's scheduled to appear Wednesday in court. It's not clear of he has a lawyer.