Details about what led to the shooting weren’t immediately available.
A woman who lives nearby said that she and her husband heard gunshots.
“Other neighbors started walking down the street and we were told a baby had gotten shot
,” Keona Jones told WXIA
“Immediately my heart, it just began to break,” ella dijo. “We actually both kind of teared up. Here we go again. Another life lost. Another senseless death.”
This was the third shooting of a child under six — two of whom died — in Atlanta this year, Mayor Andre Dickens said at Monday’s news conference.
The first victim
, en enero 12, was a 1-year-old who was shot by another child who found an unsecured gun in a home in western Atlanta’s Collier Heights neighborhood
, la policía dijo
. The 1-year-old’s mother was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder
, la policía dijo.
In the second shooting
, a 5-year-old vehicle passenger was struck by gunfire as drivers of two other vehicles were shooting at each other on January
19 in southern Atlanta
, la policía dijo
. That child survived
, Dickens said
. Two suspects were arrested at the scene
Dickens also mentioned the shootings of three other children in the last two years in Atlanta
, incluso 8-year-old Secoriea Turner
, quien fue killed in July
“These children are bearing the brunt and losing their lives because adults are unable to settle their disputes without going to guns,” Dickens said. “I’m demanding that it stop. We’re going to put an end to it. We’re about to work day and night on this, as we have been, but this, this hurts — it’s a 6-month-old child that we’ve lost.”
British scientist killed by stray bullet while visiting metro Atlanta
The 6-month-old was at least the second person to be killed by a stray bullet in the Atlanta area since last week, according to reports from authorities.
Early on January 16, British scientist Matthew Wilson, 31, was shot while he was in an apartment in the northeastern Atlanta suburb of Brookhaven, la policía dijo.
Brookhaven police said they responded to 911 calls about shots being fired from an apartment complex there. While officers were checking the area, la policía dijo they received another call about a man being shot in an apartment.
When officers arrived at the apartment, they found Wilson in bed with a gunshot wound to his head. Fue llevado a un hospital, El tiroteo ocurrió después de una discusión sobre los mensajes de texto, la policía dijo.
Wilson, an astrophysicist from Chertsey in Surrey, Inglaterra, was visiting loved ones when the shooting happened, según la policía.
“This incident appears to be a random act involving individuals participating in the reckless discharge of firearm(s) which led to the tragic death” of Wilson, Brookhaven police said in a news release.
No arrests have been made in the case.