POLICE have released surveillance footage of a possible suspect in the shooting death of eight-year-old Secoriea Turner, who died on Saturday night.
Secoriea was killed near the Wendy’s restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia, where Rayshard Brooks was killed by a police officer on June 12.
Secoriea Turner, eight, was shot and killed on Saturday night in Atlanta, Georgia[/caption]
The child was killed after at least two people in a crowd of armed people opened fire on a car she was riding in after her mother tried driving through illegally placed barricades, authorities said.
Armed individuals blocking the entrance opened fire on the vehicle, striking it multiple times and killing Secoriea.
Here is the person of interest in Secoriea’s shooting death[/caption]
On Tuesday, investigators released a security video of a person of interest in her death.
The footage from outside a package store on Saturday night shows a man — armed with what police said is an AR-15 weapon — walking while dressed in a white shirt and dark jeans.
“I’m confident that somebody knows the name of this man,” Lieutenant Pete Malecki said. “And with a simple phone call an individual could earn a $20,000 reward being offered through Atlanta CrimeStoppers.”
Malecki said the suspect is one of several persons of interest connected to Secoriea’s death.
Police said the suspect was seen holding a weapon they believe to be an AR-15[/caption]
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who announced on Monday she’s tested positive for coronavirus, said on Sunday: “You shot and killed a baby.”
“You can’t blame this on a police officer,” the mayor said. “You can’t say this about criminal justice reform. This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an eight-year-old baby in the car for what?”
“And there wasn’t just one shooter, there were at least two shooters.”
“We have talked about this movement that is happening across America at this moment in time when we have the ears and the interest of people across this country and across this globe who are saying they want to see change,” she said.
Seen here is the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was killed by police on June 12[/caption]
“We’re fighting the enemy within when we are shooting each other up in our streets.”
“An eight-year-old girl was killed last night because her mother was riding down the street. If Secoriea was not safe last night, none of us are safe.”
Bottoms continued: “Enough is enough.”
Police said that in addition to Secoriea’s death, two other people were killed and more than 20 people were injured in incidents of gunfire during the Fourth of July weekend in Atlanta.
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On Monday, Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency and authorized up to 1,000 National Guard troops to be activated after the weekend of violence.
“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda,” the Republican said. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead.”
“This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city.”