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2 charged in fatal shooting of Lancaster girl

Two Lancaster men have been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of 3-year-old Jaylen Jackson.

Anthony Rodriekus Carter, 28, of 2139 Lynwood Drive, and Marico Lamont Stevens, 29, of 2517 Douglas Road, were in custody Thursday night at the Lancaster County Detention Center, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

Arlene Clyburn, Jaylen's grandmother, told The Herald that Stevens is the boyfriend of Lanisha Cunningham, Jaylen's mother.

Jaylen was sleeping in the backseat of a car that Stevens was driving Monday night when she was shot during a gunfight in a mobile home park on Athena Road, family members and residents said.

Witnesses in the mobile home park when the shooting took place described a gunfight at about 9:30 p.m. Monday. They told The Herald they heard arguing, then one shot followed by several more.

After the shooting, Jaylen was taken to a private home, then to Springs Memorial Hospital, where she was stabilized and flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. She was declared dead on Tuesday.

Carter was in jail on an unrelated charge when he was charged, Faile said.

Deputies arrested Stevens on Thursday afternoon.

"We had excellent cooperation from some witnesses that gave us some good information to assist us," Faile said.

That information, along with unspecified "forensic evidence," led investigators to pursue arrest warrants for Carter and Stevens, Faile said.

Major J. David Belk, Faile's spokesman, would not comment on whether either of the men had a relationship with Cunningham.

He also would not comment on why Carter was already in jail when he was charged, or when he was arrested on the unrelated charges.