Denison Police have arrested two teenagers in connection with a Sunday night shooting that left a 5-year-old boy dead and an 11-year-old boy in the hospital.
In an email release sent Tuesday morning, the department said it arrested Ryan Clay, 18, and Sabrina Nino, 17, both of Sherman. Clay and Nino were taken into custody on Monday afternoon and charged with capital murder of a child under 10 years old.
“Certainly, we’re happy that we got a couple of people that we believe are responsible,” Lt. Mike Eppler said. “And we’re continuing on with the investigation and other arrests could be forthcoming.”
Shortly after 11 p.m. on Sunday, Denison Police responded to a report of a shooting outside a home in the 1700 block of West Elm Street. When officers arrived at the residence, they found that two young boys had been struck by bullets fired into the home. On Monday, Eppler told the Herald Democrat that the 11-year-old boy was taken by air ambulance to a Dallas-area hospital, where he was placed in an intensive care unit and listed in stable condition Monday morning. The 5-year-old boy was taken to Texoma Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Several other people were inside the home when the shooting began. Eppler said the department had no updates on the 11-year-old’s condition Tuesday morning.
The younger brother was identified to be Kason Powell, son of Anna High School secondary football coach Brandon Powell. GoFundMe pages have been set up online to assist the family with expenses.
Citing the ongoing investigation, Eppler said he could not discuss the suspects’ relationship to the occupants of the home nor could he discuss a possible motive for the shooting. The Denison Police lieutenant said the department would continue its investigation with the assistance of the Texas Rangers.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Eppler said. “I know for the family, what they’re going through, is just unimaginable. We take this very seriously and just like any other major case we’re going to continue on until it’s done.”
A search of the Grayson County Jail records listed Nino and Clay as in custody Tuesday morning. No bond was listed for either suspect.
Eppler said despite the arrests, the department still encourages those with information related to the case to call investigators at 903-465-2422.
Additional reporting by Emma Polini.