Suspect in Newark shooting of tot surrenders

December 21, 2009 11:42:35 AM PST
A man accused of taking part in a Newark shootout that left a 4-year-old girl wounded has turned himself in to police. Curtis Daniels surrendered Saturday morning at his attorney's office in Orange, one day after Newark police identified him as a suspect. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and weapons offenses.

Authorities say the 32-year-old is one of the two alleged shooters at the pre-schoolers playground in the Betty Shabazz apartment complex.

Daniels allegedly got out of a silver Audi Tuesday afternoon and fired a weapon at Rasheed Nelson and another man.

The child was enjoying the sunny day when she was caught in the middle of the gun battle.

Police nabbed Nelson at the hospital with gunshot wound to his hand.

Investigators had a manhunt for Daniels, a convicted killer.

Daniels planned to turn himself in Tuesday -- after the holiday weekend.

"That raises absolute bile in my stomach. I have no regard for individuals that want to have a nice long holiday weekend while there's a 4-year-old with a bullet in her stomach. that's ridiculous," Newark Mayor Cory Booker said.

Daniels' attorney, Sebastian Bio, disputes the police allegations and called his client a victim of mistaken identity.

Police say it's a violent way to end the summer.

But cops say it could have been even more violent if they didn't confiscate weapons off the street this week from a bust in nearby Irvington.

"Picture for a moment what it's like for a police officer to go into an apartment thinking that these things might be here," Newark Police Director Gary McCarthy said.

The emergency service unit and narcotics division confiscated 26 grams of cocaine, 170 rounds of ammunition and more than a handful of high capacity assault weapons.

"These are the instruments of death. There's no two ways about it. As I mentioned, the hit potential for any shooting is 3 in 10. When you take a high capacity magazine that holds 30 bullets, you now have the opportunity to hit somebody 9 times instead of 3 times," said Dir. McCarthy.

The girl, who suffered a bullet wound to her lower torso, remained hospitalized Saturday but is expected to fully recover.

Authorities are still seeking other suspects in the shooting of the toddler.

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