8-year-old Secoriea Turner was hit by a gunshot near a black protest site in the city of Atlanta, forcing officials to dismiss the crowd.
An investigation is taking place after the girl, Secoriea Turner, was killed in a July 4 shooting at the opposite side of Wendy’s fast food restaurant, where black Rayshard Brooks was shot dead by police last month in the city. Atlanta, Georgia.
Turner was sitting in a car with his mother and a friend turning into the car park when a group of armed men blocked the road, police sergeant John Chafee said. A number of men fired several shots into the car, causing Turner to hit. The colored girl was taken to Atlanta Medical Center but did not survive.
Secoriea Turner ‘s parents at a press conference with Atlanta authorities on July 5. Photo: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Anti-racist protests have been taking place near Wendy’s since George Floyd, 46-year-old black man in Minneapolis, and Brooks were shot dead by police. Many protesters camped and erected barricades in the area for weeks.
After little Turner died, Atlanta authorities asked black people to protest there.
“That’s enough,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a press conference on July 5. “A child has been shot to death. If you want to be part of the solution and not a problem, you need to disperse from this area.”
“We understand everyone’s anger after the Rayshard Brooks was shot to death, but we have nothing to do with it. We are innocent. We do not harm anyone. My daughter does not hurt anyone.” both, “the victim’s mother said at the press conference.
Police try to disperse the crowd of protesters outside the Wendy’s restaurant in Atlanta where a black Rayshard Brooks was shot dead, on June 13. Photo: AP
Police have not identified the suspect shooting and it is unclear whether the incident is related to the nearby protests. They are offering a $ 10,000 reward to anyone who provides more information about Turner’s death.
After the press conference above, the police were also deployed to investigate another shooting in Atlanta, where 3 people were shot, of which one person died.