The driver “was bawling his eyes out, saying he was sorry,” a witness said.
A 911 call captured a man confessing he killed the driver of a car who accidentally hit a preschool child in Cincinnati.
“I took care of dude,” says the man, apparently speaking to a crying child. “I killed him. He dead. He dead. The dude that hit you by the car. He dead. I killed him. I’m serious he’s dead. The dude that him you with the car, I killed him Jamal.”
Police said numerous people called 911 after a car struck the child last month and people nearby rushed to the scene. Three men ordered the driver and passenger out of the vehicle and repeatedly shot 44-year-old Jamie Urton, of Mason, police said.
It wasn’t clear whether the man speaking on the 911 call knew he was being recorded.
“You hear me,” he continues. “He dead. I killed him. He dead. You good. Your daddy got you. You know I love you don’t you. I’m here with you. I love you baby.”
This is Jamall Killings, the father of a boy struck on Kenton St. He is now wanted in Jamie Urton's murder. The boy is ok @Local12 at 11 pic.twitter.com/BRhu8819Gt
— Angenette Levy (@Angenette5) April 1, 2017
Cincinnati police issued an arrest warrant for the child’s father, Jamall Killings, 25, of Walnut Hills. Police didn’t specifically say Killings was the man recorded on the 911 call. Authorities also were seeking Deonte Baber, 25, of Cincinnati.
Witnesses told police the child ran in front of Urton’s vehicle on March 24. Urton stopped with his passenger to check on the child ― police said the boy’s injuries weren’t life-threatening ― and three men approached.
Another 911 caller described what happened next.
They “made the people in the silver car get out of the car,” the female caller said. “One laid on the street and they had him lay on the street on his hands and knees. The other one on the other side is the one they shot, I think, because that was where I heard the boom, boom, boom.”
Jamie Urton died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Urton was dead on arrival at University of Cincinnati Medical Center from multiple gunshot wounds. His passenger sustained minor injuries.
Urton worked for the Cincinnati Association for the Blind. According to his obituary, he was “a sports fan who had a very caring heart and brought joy to those he surrounded.”
A witness told Cincinnati’s WLWT News Urton had pleaded for his life.
“He didn’t mean to do it, he was bawling his eyes out, saying he was sorry, begging for mercy, basically, and they shot him,” said the witness.
Killings spoke with Cincinnati’s WCPO-TV a day after the shooting ― before police named him as a suspect.
“My job as a father was to get my son face-first off the concrete and take him to see medical attention, and that’s what I did,” said Killings. He denied any knowledge of the shooting and expressed condolences to the dead man’s family.
Deonte Baber is wanted by police in connection with the shooting of Jamie Urton.
“I apologize for your loss,” Killings said, according to WCOP-TV. “I don’t condone violence. I don’t teach my kids violence. That should never have happened … I hope we all can learn from this.”
Baber and Killings remain at large. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cincinnati police at 513-352-3542, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 513-352-3040.
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