Fatal Shooting by 10-Year-Old After Bike Race Loss Leads to Arrest of Father and Son.

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In a heartbreaking turn of events, a 10-year-old California boy, Keith “KJ” Frierson, lost his life over the weekend, the victim of a senseless act of violence initiated by another 10-year-old after a heated bicycle race. The shocking incident unfolded in Foothill Farms, a community located approximately 16 miles northeast of Sacramento, leaving the community in mourning and raising questions about firearm access and juvenile violence.
The tragedy occurred after an informal bicycle race, with the shooter, also a 10-year-old, becoming a “sore loser” and responding with a firearm. KJ’s mother, Brittani Frierson, shared that her son had received permission to ride his bicycle, a Christmas gift he had eagerly awaited. Less than 15 minutes later, a neighbor alerted Frierson to a disturbing incident involving her son.
According to accounts from a neighbor’s child who witnessed the event, the shooter angrily walked away after losing the race and returned with a gun. KJ, oblivious to the danger, was shot in the neck without any warning. The devastating incident left the community in shock, and KJ’s mother expressed the agony of discovering her son on the ground, realizing that he had no chance of survival.
Authorities responded swiftly, booking the shooter, whose identity remains undisclosed due to being a juvenile, on suspicion of murder. Additionally, the shooter’s father, Arkete Davis, 53, faces multiple charges, including possession of a firearm by a felon, criminal storage of a firearm, child endangerment, and acting as an accessory to a crime after the fact.

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The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Davis attempted to dispose of the gun in a trash can following the attack, indicating a disturbing attempt to cover up the crime. The investigation unveiled that the firearm used was stolen and improperly stored. The child had been dispatched by his father to retrieve cigarettes from the car, during which he accessed the gun and later boasted about his father’s possession of it.
The tragic incident underscores the urgent need for addressing issues related to firearm safety and access among minors. The shooter’s actions not only resulted in the loss of a young life but also exposed a startling lack of responsibility in firearm storage.
Keith “KJ” Frierson, described by his mother as generous, smart, friendly, inquisitive, and helpful, was an active member of the Sacramento Youth Football team Jr. Football Mustangs. His untimely death has left a void within the community, with the Mustangs expressing their condolences and highlighting the impact KJ had on his teammates.
Frierson recalled one of her fondest memories of KJ, noting his unbridled joy after reaching a championship game with his brother and teammates just days after learning about his father’s passing. The devastating irony that the suspected shooter was someone KJ considered a friend adds an extra layer of sorrow to this already tragic event.
As the community grieves the loss of a promising young life, the incident raises broader concerns about the accessibility of firearms and the responsibility of gun owners, especially when it comes to protecting children from such preventable tragedies. The devastating consequences of a momentary lapse in judgment have left a community grappling with the devastating impact of juvenile violence.

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