Man accused of shooting toddler at Whitehaven townhomes arrested

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —A Whitehaven family is breathing a sigh of relief since the man accused of shooting a little girl multiple times at the South Point Townhomes a little over two years ago has been taken into custody.

Carlos Wright was charged with attempted first-degree murder after police say he opened fire on two women, and then three-year-old Ariyanna Smith.

"It's a good day— it’s a good day," said her grandfather Greg Reynolds, who finally got to see the person police say could have ended his granddaughter's life.

"She was shot three times. A lot of people don't recover from nothing like that," he said.

Ariyanna Smith

According to police, Ariyanna's mom Charnice Reynolds and her friend were meeting someone at the Whitehaven complex in May 2016, when Wright approached their vehicle and tried to speak with them. The woman in the passenger seat refused to roll down the window and that's when Wright allegedly pulled out a gun and opened fire.

Ariyanna was hit three times in the torso, but survived her injuries. Her mother told WREG several days after the shooting that she was placed in intensive care at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

Three years later and Ariyanna is doing better and playing in the yard.

There was a long road to recovery after that day and her progress is nothing short of a miracle.

As for the attempted first degree murder charges against Wright, Reynolds has no sympathy for him.

"You do the crime you are going to do the time," she said. "That should send out signals to all these other people using guns need to put them down."

Wright still denies shooting the little girl.