09/05/2013 12:26 pm ET

Keelen Armstrong Charged In Shooting Death Of Londyn Samuels, 1-Year-Old


A New Orleans man is accused of killing a toddler when he shot the woman holding her.

Keelen Armstrong, 24, was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the incident that left 1-year-old Londyn Samuels dead and her 18-year-old nanny, Victoria Thomas, wounded, The Times-Picayune reported.

Thomas was carrying Samuels home from a trip to the park Friday when two bullets tore through her back, hitting the little girl, NBC News reported. Thomas called Samuel's father, 20-year-old Keion Reed, saying "Kee, we got shot -- me and Londyn."

Thomas is in stable condition, according to WGNO.

Two suspects, one of whom police say was Armstrong, were spotted running from the scene. Authorities are still searching for the second suspect.

Police have not discussed a motive, but noted that Samuels and Thomas were not caught in a crossfire.


Shootings In America
Subscribe to Breaking Alerts.
Don’t miss out — be the first to know all the latest news.