ROSEVILLE (WWJ) – A 27-year-old man turned himself in, Monday, in a drive-by shooting that wounded a 10-month-old boy over the weekend.

Deputy Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said Kevin Lee Smith surrendered in the shooting, claiming he wanted to clear his name after intense media scrutiny.

“He was pretty much persona non grata everywhere he went, so it was in his best interest to meet with us,” Berlin told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Pat Sweeting.

Berlin said Smith underwent questioning and was released.

“Our investigation is continuing. He is still our prime person of interest in this matter, and we’re hoping to get more evidence to present to the prosecutor’s office,” Berlin said.

Berlin said some of the evidence still being sought includes a large caliber handgun used in shooting.

The baby was asleep with his mother Saturday night when several shots were fired through a front window. The mother was not injured. The baby, who was shot in the head, is expected to survive.

According to police, Smith is the ex-boyfriend of the baby’s mother, and is involved in a paternity lawsuit over the child.

Anyone with information is asked to call Roseville Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. A $1,000 reward is being offered in the case.


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