Crime Stoppers announced a $10,000 reward for information regarding the murder of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner in Atlanta, GA, over the weekend.

From WSB-TV 2:

Officers said they responded to a 911 call near University Avenue and I-75/I-85 around 9:50 p.m. The location of the shooting was in a parking lot across the street from the now burned-out Wendy’s, which has been occupied by demonstrators since Brooks’ death at the hands of an Atlanta police officer.

Police said Turner was riding in a car with her mother and her mother’s friend when they exited the interstate at University Avenue. The driver tried to turn into the parking lot at 1238 Pryor Road when he was confronted by an “group of armed individuals” who had blocked the entrance.

“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,” police said in a statement.

Police said the 911 caller told them they were heading to Atlanta Medical Center with the victim. The child died at the hospital.

“She died in my arms,” cried Charmaine Turner, Secoriea’s mother.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms lashed out at the violent protesters:

“You cant blame this on a police officer. You can’t say this about criminal justice reform,” Bottoms said. “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,” Bottoms 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.”

“You shot and killed a baby,” Bottoms stressed:

“If you want people to take us seriously, and you don’t want us to lose this movement, then we can’t lose each other in this.

“There are peaceful demonstrators across this city and across this country, and I applaud them and I thank them for being peaceful and for honoring the lives of so many people who have been killed in America because of injustice,” she continued. “But this random wild, wild West, shoot ’em up because you can, it has got to stop. It has to stop.”

“There are thousands of people who are gathering peacefully to try and effectuate change in this country, and then are those who are wreaking havoc, and they are doing it to the detriment of us all. In this case, it is to the detriment of the life of an 8-year-old child,” she said. “If you are a part of these gatherings that are becoming disruptive and becoming deadly, then on your hands too is the blood of Secoriea Turner.”

Bottoms also demanded those around Wendy’s to leave the area immediately.

But another person and two others were injured around the restaurant after Bottoms finished her press conference.

Then 24 hours later, someone shot and killed a 53-year-old man near Wendy’s and close to where Turner was shot.

 

 
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