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Father of murdered toddler arrested for attempted murder while in jail on drug charge

Syracuse Police say the father of a toddler murdered by a gang member three years ago has been arrested after he tried to kill a man.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse Police say the father of a toddler murdered by a gang member three years ago has been arrested after he tried to kill a man.

22-year-old Rashaad Walker Sr. of Syracuse was charged with 2nd Degree Attempted Murder on Tuesday in connection to a shooting that occurred on Moore Avenue on Nov. 19, according to police.

Police say Walker pulled his car up next to the car of a 40-year-old man and fired four rounds from a .45-caliber handgun into the car.

None of the shots struck the victim according to police.

Walker was in the Onondaga County Justice Center on a drug arrest before he was charged in the shooting, police said. According to police, Walker was found to have 18 grams of crack cocaine hidden in his buttocks when he was arrested on the drug charge.

He was arraigned in Syracuse City Court and is being held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

A vigil was held Thursday night in Syracuse in honor of Rashaad Walker Jr., who was murdered by a gang member three years ago.

Saquan Evans was trying to shoot Walker Sr. in the midst of a gang dispute when an errant bullet from his gun hit the 20-month-old child.

Evans is serving 40 years to life in prison for the child's murder.

The child’s family has held a vigil every year in his memory.

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