2 more suspects wanted after 9-year-old injured in shooting at Wharton apartments, police say

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WHARTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Two additional suspects are accused of being involved in the shooting that left a 9-year-old boy injured in Wharton.

J'Kyriahn Holloway, 18, of Clute, and 18-year-old Jerome Sanford Jr., also known as "JJ," of Houston, are wanted by the Wharton Police Department.

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Officers responded to the Riverbend Apartments at 2500 Junior College Blvd on June 26, and found a 9-year-old boy with a gunshot wound in his back. The boy was then taken to the hospital by Life Fight.

ORIGINAL REPORT: 2 shot, including 9-year-old at an apartment complex in Wharton, police say

Police that day also discovered an 18-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the upper chest in the OakBend Emergency Room.

Authorities believe the 18-year-old victim was involved in an argument with 19-year-old Jason Matthew Garza when shots were fired. Garza has since been arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for his role in the shooting.

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Investigators said they believe the 9-year-old boy was "an unintended victim of that gunfire exchange."

According to police, both Holloway and Sanford have 12 warrants for deadly conduct and one warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for their alleged involvement in the shooting.

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