Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has called on citizens to stop “shooting each other in our streets” after an eight-year-old girl was shot dead on July 4.
The events took place near the area of Atlanta that has become the city’s anti-racist stronghold, where, following the weekend’s riots, another man was also killed and two people were injured in another shooting.
Secoriea Turner, 8, was shot on Saturday night while travelling in a vehicle with her mother, police said, explaining that a black man from a group of individuals who had barricaded the vehicle opened fire.
There is no explanation or blame, nor is there anything that can be done; just pray.
Obviously, this black life doesn’t matter.
Our hearts absolutely break for this precious life senselessly taken. Marty, the girls, and I are praying for the Lord’s comfort over Secoriea’s family and loved ones in the face of this tragedy. Please contact @Atlanta_Police immediately if you can help their investigation. https://t.co/KzcOg6vWxH
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) July 6, 2020