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.