Girl, 6, grazed by bullet that went through man in Tampa

Bay News 9March 25, 2014 

Zakayla Newsome, who has spina bifida, is recovering after a bullet grazed her arm. Police said her father, James Brookins, fired the gun.


— A Tampa man is facing charges after police said he fired a gun into a car, injuring a 23-year-old man and a 6-year-old girl. James E. Brookins, 43, is facing charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery.

Police said NeKendra Newsome, 26, drove to Brookins' house shortly after 2 a.m. Monday. Her 6-year-old daughter Zakayla, her cousin Albert Brown and her infant were in the car with her. Witnesses said she wanted to get baby supplies from Brookins, who is the father of her two children.

Newsome got into an argument with Brookins, and at some point, Brown confronted Brookins, too. Once Newsome got back in the car, police said Brookins approached Brown and shot him.

"He just pulled out the gun and went to fire in the car and it hit my nephew in the upper chest," said Zelma Washington, Zakayla's grandmother. "And went out his back and hit my granddaughter in the arm."

NeKendra Newsome drove both victims to St. Joseph's Hospital. Zakayla's wound was minor, and the girl, who has spina bifida, was treated and released.

Brown was admitted with injuries described as not life-threatening. Police found Brookins hiding under a vehicle on the property just south of his apartment and arrested him without further incident.

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