ATLANTA, GA – Children continue to be among the most innocent of victims in the recent spike in violent crime throughout the country, which few Democrats have spoken out against, with some exceptions. The latest incident occurred in Atlanta on Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Atlanta police reported that a 9-year-old was one of three people who were shot in East Atlanta Village. Authorities said the triple shooting took place at the intersection of Flat Shoals and Glenwood Avenues at around 9:30 p.m.
On their initial response, officers were only able to locate one gunshot victim, a man who had been shot in the buttocks, according to Atlanta police spokesman Anthony Grant.
However, witnesses said that more people had been shot during the incident. Police were able to locate two other victims, a man, and the 9-year-old at a local hospital. Police said the man had been shot in the hand, while the child had gunshot wounds in each of his legs, according to Grant. It was reported that the child had been shot four times.
The child was treated at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, and both men were treated at Grady Memorial Hospital, and are expected to survive, police said.
It is believed that there was an argument between two groups that escalated to gunfire, investigators said.
“I am not sure how many shots were fired and right now the investigators are still working to determine if it was one shooter or more than one,” another police spokesman, Steve Avery said Thursday.
A black sedan was reported by witnesses as leaving the scene after the incident, and they are working with authorities to identify the shooter or shooters, police said.
Just days ago, an 8-year-old, Secoriea Turner was shot and killed in southwest Atlanta, which finally got attention from government officials, who called out for peace, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Just saw that an 8-year-old was shot and killed in Atlanta yesterday…?
Racism is NOT the problem. #secorieaturner
— Leonydus Johnson (@LeonydusJohnson) July 6, 2020
Atlanta of course was the scene of the officer-involved shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, which led to the arrests of two Atlanta police officers, and which led to the uptick in violence in the city over the past few weeks. Secoriea Turner was shot close to the Wendy’s restaurant where Brooks died.
The child’s death got the attention of Atlanta’s Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who on Sunday denounced the violence that has run rampant in the city and says that it has hurt the message looking for increased police accountability and racial justice.
“Enough is enough,” Bottoms said during an emotional press conference. The conference was held at Atlanta police headquarters, with Bottoms and the family of the young child present, asking for witnesses to come forward with information about the child’s killers.
“I am just asking you to please honor this baby’s life,” she said. “Please, if you know who did this, please turn them in. These people are a danger to all of us.”
Bottoms, who was surrounded by Secoriea’s mother and other members of her family, blamed the shooting on armed individuals near the Wendy’s restaurant. Protesters have been in the area since the Brooks shooting several weeks back.
Charmaine Turner, the child’s mother, noted the time and said that her daughter would typically be finishing dinner and then filming a video of her dancing on the social media app TikTok.
The child’s father, Secoriya Williamson said his daughter just wanted to get home to see her cousins.
An emotional Williamson said, “They say Black lives matter. You killed your own.”
No words. He nailed it. This is a message from the parents of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner pic.twitter.com/rYzPl24jg5
— ✭ Wayne Dupree ✭ (@WayneDupreeShow) July 6, 2020
The Wendy’s restaurant has become something of a shrine of sorts since the shooting, however it has been the site of at least two other shootings in recent weeks.
Bottoms noted that most of the demonstrations have been peaceful for more than a month, and that she is fully in support of those demonstrations.
“That’s an important movement that’s happening,” Bottoms said. “But this random wild, wild west shoot ‘em up because you can, it has got to stop. It has to stop.
“You can’t blame this on a police officer,” she continued. “This is some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an eight-year-old baby in the car. For what?”
If you care, Please REWEET #JusticeforSecorieaTurner Man wanted in connection with shooting of 8 YEAR OLD Secoriea Turner. Tipsters can anonymously call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, text information to 274637 or visit website https://t.co/XO08ynmggO pic.twitter.com/XPMRJtI6g3
— DBlank (@MrDBlank) July 9, 2020
Last weekend, more than 20 people were shot, according to Atlanta police and two killed in multiple shootings Saturday night and Sunday morning. That total included 14 people shot and wounded at a party, where two died.
A protest turned violent in southeast Atlanta, and the Georgia Department of Public Safety headquarters was vandalized.
Last Sunday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said the wave of violence was “outrageous & unacceptable” and said he would deploy state law enforcement officials to the city.
This recent trend of lawlessness is outrageous & unacceptable. Georgians, including those in uniform, need to be protected from crime & violence. While we stand ready to assist local leaders in restoring peace & maintaining order, we won’t hesitate to take action without them. https://t.co/NTacEm4v7o
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) July 6, 2020
“While we stand ready to assist local leaders in restoring peace & maintaining order, we won’t hesitate to take action without them.”
Business Insider reported that Kemp decided to call out the National Guard last Monday, issuing a state of emergency and ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to the city to help deal with the violence.
Georgia Governor sends in 1,000 National Guard troops to do what Democratic mayor refuses to do.https://t.co/ubYw9pA6DZ
— David J Harris Jr (@DavidJHarrisJr) July 7, 2020
Secoriea was in a car on Saturday night around 9:30 p.m. with her mother and a friend when they attempted to turn into a package store near the Wendy’s, Atlanta police said. They were confronted by a group of armed individuals, who fired shots into the car, both from the Wendy’s and the area of the package store.
Bottoms said there were at least two shooters.
“They didn’t give us time to make a U-turn,” Turner said. “They shot my tires before we had time to turn around.”
The driver headed to Atlanta Medical Center, where the child succumbed to her wounds.
“She died in my arms,” Turner said.
AT LEAST five black children were killed over the July 4th weekend:
Davon McNeal, 11y/o—Washington, DC
Secoriea Turner, 8 y/o—Atlanta
Natalia Wallace , 7 y/o—Chicago
Royta De’Marco Giles, 8 y/o—Hoover, AL
Jace Young, 6 y/o—San Francisco
Why won't BLM inc "say their names?"
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) July 6, 2020
Black Lives Matter. Just not black children in our major cities.
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