A 4-year-old child died in an accidental shooting at GA Publix: Police

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Decalb County, Georgia Police are investigating after a 4-year-old child was killed in an accidental shooting in the parking lot of a Publix grocery store on Sunday, February 27th.

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A 4-year-old boy from Georgia was killed in an accidental shooting in the parking lot of a Publix grocery store over the weekend, DeCalb County Police said.

Authorities said the child was with a relative in a car parked near Publix on Panola Road in DeCalb County on Sunday, Feb. 27, when he was shot dead. Officers received a warning of the shooting only after 5 p.m.

The child was taken to hospital where he died, authorities said. No other victims were reported.

Police did not name the boy or a family member who was with him in the car, WSB-TV reports. Authorities are investigating what led to the shooting, and as of Monday, February 28, there were no arrests.

Sunday’s shooting was the second in five days killed a child in the Atlanta area, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. This year, at least six children under the age of 18 have been killed in gun violence in the Atlanta subway, the newspaper said.

In January a 6-month-old boy died when bullets pierced the back seat of his mother’s car during a shooting in Atlanta, McClatchy News reported. The child’s mother told officials she was caught in the crossfire of two groups who shot at each other.

Atlanta police have arrested a 22-year-old man in the case, accusing him of aggravated murder and assault.

An investigation into the accidental shooting continues.

Decalb County is approximately 17 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

Tanasia is a national real-time reporter in Atlanta covering news in Georgia, Mississippi, and the southeastern United States. She is a graduate of Keneso State University and joined McClach in 2020.

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