A teenager accused of shooting and killing a 9-year-old child in a residential complex in Atlanta has been charged with several counts, including murder.
An unnamed teenager surrendered to the police and was taken to a youth detention center, Atlanta police said in a February 26 press release.
Officers arrived Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the station at Richmond Hill apartment around 10:15 p.m., and found that the child had been shot, authorities said. He died at the scene.
He was recognized by relatives 9-year-old Kemony Mack, reports WXIA. According to the news station, his death was the fifth in the Atlanta subway this year among a child under the age of 18 who was killed in the shelling.
A similar shooting took place on Sunday, February 27, when Fr. A 4-year-old child accidentally shot himself while he and a relative were sitting in a car parked near a Publix grocery store in DeCalb County, McClatchy News reported. As of Monday, February 28, no charges have been filed.
16-year-old boy it is suspected that he pulled the trigger of the shooting, which killed Kemoni, according to WAGA, citing police. Authorities said adults were nearby at the time, but did not blame anyone.
“He was a good boy,” Kemoni’s mother, Dennisia Mack, told her son’s TV channel. “He was a good child.”
Mack said Kemoni and his brother and sister were staying with their godmother when the shooting happened, WAGA reported.
The accused shooter is also accused of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm while committing a crime, cruelty to second-degree children and possession of a handgun by a person under the age of 18, police said.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.