The suspect wanted in the shooting death of 7-year-old Kennedy Maxie in Buckhead just before Christmas has been arrested.

According to a press release from the Atlanta Police Department, Investigators with APD’s Fugitive Taskforce coordinated with the U.S. Marshals service to arrest Daquan Reed, 24.

Daquan Reed, 24, is accused of the killing of Kennedy Maxie in Buckhead. (Atlanta Police Department)

Reed was located on Jan. 6 in Hampton, Virginia, and taken into custody there. He is pending extradition to Atlanta. He was wanted on warrants accusing him of felony murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and reckless conduct.

Maxie, a Mableton resident, shot in the head while riding in a car as it passed the area of the Phipps Plaza mall at 3500 Peachtree Road. APD investigators previously said a group of males had a “dispute” in the mall’s parking lot at the time of the shooting. APD says investigators believe the car and Maxie were not the intended targets of the shot.

The killing comes amid a wave of gun violence in Buckhead and citywide that partly led officials and local organizations to create a new “Buckhead Security Plan.” The plan calls for beefing up private security patrols, video camera systems and other APD tactics.

The shooting led Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to decry gun violence. Buckhead-area City Councilmembers J.P. Matzigkeit and Howard Shook have expressed anger over the shooting and called on the administration to do more. Matzigkeit, Shook and Councilmember Matt Westmoreland recently announced a $125,000 donation to the “Buckhead Security Plan” effort.

-Collin Kelley and John Ruch

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.