Grayson Matthew Fleming-Gray is the city’s second infant homicide victim of the year
A six-month-old infant was fatally hit by a stray bullet on Monday in Atlanta as he was strapped in a car seat while his mother was driving.
The boy is the city’s second infant homicide victim of the year and the third shooting involving a child, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
On Jan. 12, a one-year-old girl was killed after her mother left her and another child in a room where the mom kept her gun. The unsecured weapon was found by the children and fired. The mother has been charged with second-degree murder.
And last week, a five-year-old girl was wounded when her parents’ car was hit by a bullet during a shootout between other drivers. She is recovering in hospital.
The baby in Monday’s tragedy, Grayson Matthew Fleming-Gray, is the 12th homicide investigation of 2022 for Atlanta police and the 11th due to a shooting.
The boy and his mom were outside a Food Mart in the Dixie Hills neighbourhood of northwest Atlanta when the shooting happened.
At the scene, Mayor Andre Dickens and Police Chief Rodney Bryant demanded that such senseless crimes stop.
“These children are bearing the burden and the pain of adults who are choosing to use guns to solve disputes,” Dickens said. “The children are bearing this burden with their lives, and I’m here to ask, and to demand, that it stop right now.”
Both men said ending gun violence was a priority.
On Friday, The Guardian reported on the death of a British astrophysicist, who was killed when a stray bullet pierced the wall of his girlfriend’s house in Atlanta.