An 8-year-old girl was shot and killed in Atlanta over the weekend after a protest group surrounded her family’s vehicle and fired several shots into it.
“Police identified the child Sunday as Secoriea Turner,” WSB-TV reports.
CBS 46 reports:
According to police, Secoriea Turner was riding in a car with her mom and an adult friend when the car exited the interstate near the intersection of University Avenue and Pryor Road. Police said the driver was attempting to enter the parking lot on the 1200 block of Pryor Road when they were confronted by a group of armed individuals who were illegally blocking the entrance.
Someone in the group began shooting at the car, hitting it multiple times including the shot that hit the child.
The wounded girl was immediately taken to Atlanta Medical Center in a private vehicle, but she did not survive her injuries.
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) July 5, 2020
According to the report, the incident took place near the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was killed by a police officer last month. Brooks was inebriated and passed out in the building’s drive-thru when the police were called. After a physical struggle with two officers and after he attempted to use a taser on the officer, he was shot and killed.
The police department did not identify those responsible for Turner’s death, simply describing them as a “group of armed individuals.”
“At some point, someone in that group opened fire on the vehicle, striking it multiple times and striking the child who was inside. The driver then drove to Atlanta Medical Center for help,” the statement continued.
A family turned off an interstate in Atlanta and a mob surrounded the car and started shooting. An 8 year old killed. https://t.co/rEq8ZiI113
— Daniel Darling (@dandarling) July 5, 2020
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms held a press conference on Sunday night where she said this was not another case of police brutality, but the result of the protesters.
“You can’t blame this on a police officer. You can’t say this about criminal justice reform,” Bottoms said per WSB-TV. “This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?!?
“Enough is enough,” she continued. “If you want people to take us seriously and you don’t want us to lose this movement, we can’t lose each other.”
According to the mayor, police are still looking for at least two shooters involved in the incident.
Charmaine Turner, Secoriea’s mother, also spoke at the event.
“She was only 8 years old,” she said via the report. “She would have been on Tik Tok dancing on her phone, just got done eating. We understand the frustration of Rayshard Brooks. We didn’t have anything to do with that. We’re innocent. My baby didn’t mean no harm.”
Secoriya Williamson, Secoriea’s father, similarly addressed the reporters.
“They say black lives matter,” he said. “You killed your own this time. You killed a child. She didn’t do nothing to nobody.”
Father of 8 year old girl killed in shooting: “They say ‘Black Lives Matter’… you killed your own..”
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 6, 2020
Atlanta city officials have reportedly been in negotiations with the protesters at the Wendy’s, but Mayor Bottoms said this process will discontinue.
“A the point that an 8-year-old baby is killed, the discussions have ended,” she said.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp released a statement on Twitter addressing the incident.
Our hearts absolutely break for this precious life senselessly taken. Marty, the girls, and I are praying for the Lord’s comfort over Secoriea’s family and loved ones in the face of this tragedy. Please contact @Atlanta_Police immediately if you can help their investigation.
Police are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Secoriea’s killers. Information can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.StopCrimeATL.com.
Tipster do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $10,000 for the arrest and indictment of the suspect.
Police are describing one of the shooters as a man wearing all black and dressed like a bounty hunter. The other shooter was a man wearing a white T-shirt.