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Sanford police arrest gunman wanted in shooting of boy

Daquan Butts arrested in shooting of Jeremiah Taylor, 10

SANFORD, Fla. – Sanford police on Friday found and arrested the 21-year-old who allegedly shot a 10-year-old boy and another man, after a weeklong manhunt.

Police said Daquan Butts was wanted in the attack on 10-year-old Jeremiah Taylor, a student at Idyllwilde Elementary School, who was shot in the abdomen while riding a bicycle in the area of West 13th Street (Historic Goldsboro) and Oleander Avenue on Sept. 4.

A man was shot in the buttocks and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Jeremiah was airlifted to Winnie Palmer Hospital and was recovering after undergoing surgery, officials said.

Police said Butts' arrest Friday evening was a result of receiving information through Crimeline from the community.

"It is encouraging to see that the community is assisting in removing individuals of this nature off of our streets," said Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith. "In a sense, some relief that this individual was taken off of the street, we don't have the concern of anyone else being harmed by him."

Smith said the incident evolved from a game of basketball, which escalated into an altercation between two men. Witnesses said Butts fired at least five shots, with one shot hitting Jeremiah as he rode his bike.

"We would have liked to have gotten (Butts) that evening, but unfortunately a week, I'll take it," said Smith.

The 21-year-old has a lengthy criminal record that includes drug charges, battery and fleeing from police.

"My goal is to get the individuals off the street. Maintaining him and keeping him in a secured location, that's up to prosecution," said Smith.

After a tip into Crimeline, police said Butts was taken into custody and charged with aggravated battery and child abuse.

Butts' first appearance is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Seminole County Jail.