Father of Wounded 3-Year-Old Charged Federally with Gun Crimes
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Kedrick Ross, 27, whose 3-year-old son, Kedrick Jr., suffered a critical gunshot wound to the head on September 9 inside a duplex on Village Trail in Madison, was charged today by the U.S. Justice Department with two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime. These charges are unrelated to the wounding of Ross’ son, which remains under investigation by the MNPD and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
A federal criminal complaint unsealed today alleges that Ross, a convicted felon, on separate occasions, was in possession of three stolen firearms and also possessed illegal drugs including marijuana, Xanax, methamphetamine and MDMA, as well as items associated with the packaging and sale of drugs.
Ross was arrested earlier today by MNPD Youth Services detectives and ATF agents after appearing in Davidson County Criminal Court on other charges. He will appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge later this afternoon.
Federal authorities joined the MNPD in an investigation of Ross on September 9 after his son suffered a gunshot wound to the head while at the residence on Village Trail. The investigation determined that Ross, his girlfriend and child had stayed at the home on the previous evening. They found their son with a gunshot wound to the head after saying that they heard a “bang” while they were in the bathroom. After the child was transported to the hospital, Youth Services detectives were told by a witness that after the child was shot, Ross picked up the gun, placed it in a purse and put it in a car parked in the driveway. The gun, a .40 caliber Glock pistol, was recovered from the car. It was reported stolen on July 20, 2018, during the burglary of a locked pickup truck parked in a driveway on Byrum Avenue.
Kedrick Ross Jr. remains hospitalized.
Further investigation revealed that at the time of this incident, Ross was under state indictment and out on bond for other offenses, including a December 2018 incident in which he was arrested by MNPD officers on drug possession and distribution charges and possessing a stolen Glock .40 caliber handgun. Before being arrested, Ross was observed by MNPD officers conducting a drug transaction on Rosa Parks Boulevard. After two attempts to pull him over, officers stopped Ross’s vehicle but he refused to exit the car and made several reaching movements under the seat. Officers removed Ross from the car and recovered three quart jars containing marijuana, five plastic baggies of marijuana, electronic scales, and a bottle containing an assortment of pills, including Xanax and methamphetamine. The Glock .40 caliber handgun loaded with 14 rounds was recovered from between the driver seat and center console and 14 Xanax bars were found in Ross’ jacket pocket.
The pistol recovered from that incident had been reported stolen in September 2018 from a vehicle parked at a residence in Ashland City, Tennessee. This firearm has been linked to two subsequent shooting incidents, including a damaged property incident on Whites Creek Pike in Nashville on October 16, 2018, and an aggravated assault in Madison in November 2018. These incidents remain under investigation.
While on bond for the charges listed above, on May 29, 2019, Ross was arrested by MNPD officers after fleeing from them in the area of 25th Avenue North, a part of the Cumberland View public housing. During that incident, officers with the Juvenile Crime Task Force saw a vehicle illegally parked in a handicap-designated space. As officers approached the vehicle, Ross exited the driver’s seat and fled on foot. After a foot pursuit, a TASER was deployed in order to subdue Ross. After being apprehended, two loaded Glock semi-automatic handguns were recovered from Ross’s vehicle, along with marijuana, MDMA, and several items associated with drug distribution. Each of these firearms had previously been reported stolen in separate incidents. One was forcibly taken from an individual as he walked along Charles E. Davis Boulevard in June 2018, and the other was stolen from a vehicle parked at a residence in Nashville in July 2018.
In addition to these charges, Ross had previously been convicted of felonies in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, including being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and possession of controlled substances with intent to sell.
If convicted of the federal charges, Ross faces a minimum of 10 years, up to life in prison. There is no parole in the federal system.
This continuing investigation is being conducted by the MNPD’s Youth Services Division (lead Detective Chris Bowden) and the ATF. Assistant United States Attorney Sunny A.M. Koshy is prosecuting the case.