Keyla Concepcion, a spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff's Office, told NBC 6 how Scharonis Wright's effort to stay in the country resulted in his arrest.
Two brothers were arrested for their involvement in a 2008 Deerfield Beach shooting that left a 3-year-old girl with a bullet wound, authorities said.
Scharonis Wright, 22, and Walton Wright, 25, were arrested Monday and face attempted murder, according to online jail records. The brothers are being held in jail without bond.
In June 2008, Scharonis and Walton Wright, in an effort to retaliate against a bad drug deal, arrived at the home of a man they bought drugs from. The brothers fired several shots into the home, causing a bullet to hit 3-year-old Salayah Buie in the leg, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.
“[They] were angry enough to still go up to the door, knock on the door, and once they knocked, they just started firing multiple shots into the property,” BSO spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion said.
Buie, who was transported to the hospital and survived, was at the home visiting family with her mother.
Scharonis Wright, in an exit interview with ICE agents, said he witnessed the shooting in an effort to delay his deportation to Haiti. He had just finished serving a four-year prison term for armed robbery and aggravated assault, according to the BSO.
Wright, a willing participant in the crime, believed he would not be arrested if he was not the shooter, the BSO said.
“Lucky for us, the misunderstanding of the law on the part of one of these guys really helped us solve this case,” Concepcion told NBC 6.
Detectives informed the family of the now-7-year-old Buie of the arrests. Her family said the girl has nightmares and walks with a slight limp.