On Friday April 14, 2023 at 11:29 a.m., deputies responded to the 1700 block of London Crest Drive in reference to a shooting. When deputies arrived they located a woman in her 20s and a woman in her 30s who had been shot. Both women were transported to the hospital where they were both pronounced dead. A suspect has been detained and there is no threat to the community. This is an active and ongoing investigation. This is all the information we have to release at this time. We will send updates as they become available.
The victims in this case have been identified and an arrest has been made.
The victims are Tanga Lynn Owens, (DOB: 03/11/2003) and Tanishia Rochelle Starr (DOB: 01/16/1984). Tanga Owens in the daughter of Tanishia Starr.
Radrick Deshay Francois (DOB: 04/02/2003) was arrested on two charges of First Degree Murder with a Firearm.
The arrest affidavit and booking photo are attached. All of the information is in the arrest affidavit, but according to family of Tanga Owens, Radrick Francois has been in an ongoing custody battle with Tanga Owens and he had previously threatened to kill her. Witnesses told detectives that the location of the victim’s vehicle was the child custody drop off and pick up location for Tanga Owens and Radrick Francois.
After shooting the two women in the car, Francois grabbed the 2-year-old daughter he shares with Tanga Owens and fled from the scene. He was later taken into custody by deputies and the 2-year-old was recovered unharmed. (***please note, although the affidavit says the child is 3, she is two years old.) Tanga Owens’ 8-month-old son, who was also in the car, was not injured in the shooting.
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