ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — The St. Petersburg Police Department has identified and charged a suspect in the death of a 21-year-old mother shot in front of her two children last month.
Tyron Jackasal, 20, is accused of shooting and killing K’Mia Simmons while she was in a car with her children, ages 1 and 2, on March 30.
Jackasal was already in jail for a robbery charge. He is now also facing a second degree murder charge.
Detectives said influx of tips and reward money are partly to thank for closure in this case, which has gained a lot of attention from the community.
The shooting happened at the intersection of 22nd Street South at 18th Avenue South last week. Police said Simmons was holding her 1-year-old child in her arms while her 2-year-old was in the backseat where a second bullet barely missed the toddler.
“The bullet went right through the booster seat, so it was probably the position of the baby, that’s the only reason why that baby is alive today,” Police Chief Anthony Holloway said.
Holloway said the gunman was actually targeting the driver of the vehicle, Parise Lovett Jr., who is the father of Simmons’ children.