The hunt continues for two persons of interest in the fatal shooting of one-year-old Malaysia Robson. Sydney Guynn, 25, and Darrha Banks, 28, are wanted for questioning in the incident that occurred in the early morning hours of March 29, at a home located at 3500 NE Wittfield Street in Indianapolis.
Officials from the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office acknowledge that the two women are not presently charged in connection with the crime, but they believe Guynn and Banks witnessed the shooting. Police suspect Guynn was driving the vehicle involved in the drive-by shooting. Banks is thought to have been sitting in the front passenger seat.
Since police revealed her as a person of interest, Guynn was suspended from her job as a school bus monitor with Warren Township Schools.
Two Men Already Charged
The vehicle’s occupants, Brian Palmer, 29, and Darrin Banks, 27, allegedly admitted in court documents to firing AR-style rifles at the ranch-style house.
Gunfire killed Malaysia Robson, hitting her in the abdomen, and injured the baby’s aunt, Ana Fox, 19.
There were eight to 10 people inside the home at the time of the shooting. Malaysia was asleep on the couch when the home was riddled with 21 bullets.
The 2:00 a.m. shooting was the result of a family dispute that reportedly began on social media, according to police. Investigators claim the argument escalated with occupants of the home physically attacking Darrha Banks at another residence, before Palmer and Darrin Banks showed up at the Wittfield home.
Palmer and Darrin Banks have both been charged with one count of murder and one count of battery by means of a deadly weapon.
Although Indiana law permits prosecutors to seek the death penalty with deaths involving children under the age of 12 in drive-by killings, it will not be introduced in this case.
For a death sentence, the killing must be intentional as opposed to probable. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says the evidence does not prove such intention on the part of either man.
Palmer and Banks could face 45 to 71 years in prison, or a life sentence without parole.
Neither man will be charged with unlawful gun possession, as Indiana state law only requires a permit for handguns.
This law and baby Malaysia’s death, which marks the sixth homicide this year in the neighborhood, have sparked outrage regarding gun control.
Family supporters joined community leaders and members in an “Enough Is Enough” march days after the shooting to bring light to the recent gun violence.
The Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition also joined the march. The faith-based group aims to reduce youth gun violence.