Martin Luther King Jr. Day Shooting Suspect in Fort Pierce Faces Severe Consequences

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Shooting Suspect in Fort Pierce Faces Severe Consequences

WPTV found out more about the Martin Luther King Jr. Day shooting that killed a young mother in Fort Pierce on Monday. In an arrest affidavit, some of what happened that day was written down.

Earnest Scott, who owns a food truck in St. Lucie County, said he’s glad he’s still in business even though several bullets went through his trailer during the Martin Luther King Day shooting at Ilous Ellis Park.

Up close, there are a few marks that show where the bullets hit Oh Boy BBQ’s trailer, which was at the park for the holiday party when shots were fired.

Kemmye Riccardo Parson was arrested last week, and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said that he was charged with attempted first-degree murder, second-degree felony murder, and having a gun while he was a convicted felon.

Nikkitia Bryant, who was 29 years old, was killed, and seven other people were hurt. The arrest affidavit of Parson, which has a lot of blank spaces filled in, does give some clues about what happened that day.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Shooting Suspect in Fort Pierce Faces Severe Consequences

The sheriff’s office got surveillance video and talked to several witnesses. One of the witnesses said they saw someone shoot out of a barbecue truck’s window.

Someone fired back, but neither shooter could be found. Bryant died in that gunfight. Scott told WPTV that no one was shooting from inside his food truck and that a family member and a friend were hurt by the gunfire.

Scott said he had to move quickly to get his two young sons to safety because bullets were flying all around him. In the affidavit, it was also said that a woman who has a child with Parson was pulled over for speeding later that week.

She told detectives that she and Parson were in a car together on the day of the MLK event and had a fight at the park, but she didn’t say where they were or what the fight was about.

The woman was later asked about the blood on the passenger seat, according to the affidavit. The crime lab found that it is a mix of two DNA profiles, but they don’t say from whom because they need to do more work in the lab.

Due to the two murder charges, Parson is being held in jail without bond. He could spend his whole life in jail.

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