The early part of December, this year 2021 has seen a great reoccurrence of fatal shooting incidents in the state of Georgia, this has raised serious calls for concern for the safety of the residents, especially during this holiday season.
On the 10th of December, a little baby of about a year was wounded severely in an unintentional shooting incident that happened in southwest Atlanta, the child was said to be in critical condition at the Children’s Egleston Hospital where he was being attended to. The tragic incident happened at home when the little child in the company of another kid was playing downstairs while their mother was upstairs when the two kids accessed the firearm and it hit the one-year-old child. It is yet to be ascertained who owned the gun and how the kids could have gotten access to it. This is coming on the heels of another deadly attack where an 11-year-old kid was killed.
On Thursday, the 9th of December, the death of an 11-year-old boy was confirmed following his being shot fatally by the alleged suspect who is a 12-year-old boy, the 12-year-old boy has been charged with murder, aggravated assault, and possession of firearm charges, the identities of the victim and the suspect have remained hidden. The police arrested the suspect upon arrival at the scene after a 911 call, while there the 11-year-old boy died on the scene.
Furthermore, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has decided to open an inquiry into a shooting incident involving a police officer that occurred in Ellenwood, Henry County. The shooting resulted in the death of one person and it occurred on the 9th of December, 2021. The incident occurred during a homicide investigation being conducted by the Powder Springs Police Department, the Henry County Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and McDonough Police Department. While pursuing a lead, they were speaking with the victim who was also the sole suspect, when he picked up a handgun and a gunfight ensued in which the victim died. Once the GBI conducts its investigation, it will send the report to the Henry County police station.
The city of Savannah in Georgia has been the home to 3 shootings that have taken place in 3 days. One of which happened on the 5th of December, 2021 where a 25-year-old man was shot and killed, before that another shooting incident took place on the 4th of December, 2021, in this case, two teenagers were playing with a firearm when it discharged and the 14-year-old young boy was injured although the injury was said to not be life-threatening, and then again on the 3rd of December, yet another shooting incident was recorded. These incidents have caused great concern in the state, especially since it is recorded that over 169 guns have been stolen from unlocked vehicles throughout the year and the gun that was used in the shooting incident involving two young kids, was one of these stolen guns.