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Shooting that killed toddler started after hail of gunfire directed at neighboring home, records show

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The group of men who would eventually shoot Cierra Twyman and her daughter Ne'Riah Miller, killing the toddler, initially began yelling at a group of people hanging out front of a neighboring apartment building before unleashing a hail of gunfire toward that group, according to witness statements.

Six to eight men began shooting at the group in front of a house at 120 S. 37th Street -- one witness described hearing about 20 shots -- and then one of the men ran up onto Twyman's porch and began firing within a few feet from Twyman and her child, according to witness statements in court records released Thursday.

At least one witness, according to police, identified two of the shooters as William McLemore and Demarkus Tramber. Those two, along with Trey Anderson and Michael Dunn, have all been charged with murder, assault, attempted murder, and several counts of wanton endangerment.

Police said Anderson admitted driving to the shooting and told detectives that Dunn was also involved, according to a search warrant affidavit, part of more than 300 pages of evidence released Thursday.

While police spoke with Dunn and Anderson, there is no summary or transcript of the interviews released in the evidence this week. However, police said they heard Dunn tell his girlfriend, who was also interviewed by police, that he “[expletive] up” and “indicated the gun was at his mother's house,” according to court records.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Ryane Conroy, the prosecutor in the case, said the recorded statements made by Dunn and Anderson will be provided later. She said Tramber did not do an interview with police and she declined to say whether McLemore spoke to investigators or not. She declined to talk about the evidence in the case.

All four men have pleaded not guilty and will be back in court on Oct. 29. They are lodged in Metro Corrections on $500,000 bonds.

In an interview with police, Twyman said she saw the group of men yelling at another group of men in front of the house just before they began shooting at them.

Twyman told police she then grabbed her child and dove behind a small wall on her porch as shots rang out. She said the next thing she saw was a man standing on her porch next to her shooting, hitting Twyman in the stomach, according to a summary of her interview with police.

Twyman said she did not know her daughter had been hit until someone told her the 1-year-old had died a few hours later. Ne'riah died of a gunshot wound to the torso.

Another of the men on the porch with Twyman said after the group of men shot at the people outside the home, one of them, with long dreadlocks, ran up onto their porch and began shooting. The man said he went to help Twyman and then noticed that Ne'Riah had been shot and wasn't moving.

Another of the men on Twyman's porch said he saw a group of six guys shoot at the people in front of the house. The man believed the shooting in front of the house was gang related, though he was unsure why Twyman's home was also targeted.

Attorneys for the four defendants could not immediately be reached for comment.

Scott Drabenstadt, an attorney for Anderson, has previously filed a motion to dismiss the indictment because Assistant County Attorney Jim Higgins was on the September grand jury panel that indicted the men.

In a previous interview, Drabenstadt said Anderson's case was initially handled in District Court, where Higgins is a prosecutor and a judge needs to decide if his serving on the grand jury is a conflict.

Conroy told a judge that there is “nothing improper” in having a county attorney on the grand jury and prosecutors are confident the indictments will stand.

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