Drive-by shooting attack leaves 6-month-old boy in crossfire
A 6-month-old boy in Atlanta has died after being caught in the crossfire of a shooting from a passing car, authorities said.
The infant, Grayson Matthew, was in the back seat when the bullet went through the car and struck him on Anderson Avenue around 2:39 p.m. Monday, his mother told WSB-TV.
The child was taken to hospital after the shooting, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.
Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said the child was not the intended target.
Before the fatal shooting, two people nearby had gotten into an altercation that resulted in gunfire.
“It hurts for a … 6-month-old riding down the street and being the victim of gun violence — random gun violence — between two people who can’t solve a simple problem,” Bryant said at a news conference.
Police said the gunman remained at large Monday and released footage of a light gray or white Jeep SUV that was “of interest” in the case.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp called the boy’s death an “unfathomable tragedy.”
“This type of lawlessness must end and these criminals must be held accountable,” Kemp wrote on Twitter.
Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens called for justice for the boy, noting that his death was the second murder and third shooting of a child in the city that year.
“The children carry this burden with their lives. I’m here to ask and demand that it stop immediately,” Dickens said.
He said the city had seen 12 murders this year, 11 of which were the result of shootings.
Additional reporting by Joshua Rhett Miller