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21-year-old charged in connection with drive-by shooting that killed 3-year-old

Qua'Tonio Stephens faces several felony charges, including accessory after the fact.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Days after 3-year-old Asiah Figueroa was killed, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has made one arrest in the case. Qua'Tonio Stephens, 21, was arrested after a police chase ending on I-85 near Glenwood Drive on Sept. 8. 

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Stephens faces a number of charges: accessory after the fact to murder, felony flee to elude, seven counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and three counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling.

He is accused of taking "possession of the murder weapon attempting to keep" it from law enforcement, according to an arrest warrant obtained by WCNC Charlotte.

The counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling and assault with a deadly weapon are connected to a Sept. 7 shooting on Joe Morrison Lane, not the drive-by shooting that killed Figueroa. 

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Figueroa was killed on Sept. 7 at 11:45 p.m.when 150 shots were fired towards his home on Richard Rozzelle Dr. It's not yet known how many suspects police believe are connected to that shooting. 

In a Sept. 8 news conference, CMPD said they believed the suspects could be teenage students connected to three Charlotte high schools: Hopewell High School, North Mecklenburg High School, and Chambers (formerly Vance) High School. It's not yet known what connection Stephens has to these high schools if any.

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WCNC Charlotte is digging into the arrest report and working to learn more information about this case.

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