published Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Shots fired into Atlanta area homes injure 4 kids

ATLANTA — One child has been killed and three injured by gunmen firing into homes in the Atlanta area in the last month.

No one has been arrested.

Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the children in the three shootings within the city limits were not targets. “Rather adults in the home were,” he said.

Police Chief George Turner said any act of violence is unacceptable. “But violent acts against children are particularly disturbing, and we will aggressively pursue justice for those innocent victims.”

A spokeswoman for the Fulton County Police Department said an investigation into the one shooting in suburban Fairburn is continuing.

The shootings began Nov. 3 when someone fired through the door of a home on Atlanta’s southside, killing 2-year-old Ty-Teyanna Motley and injuring her infant brother, Isaiah Motley.

Then on Nov. 13, 8-year-old Ahijah Geffard was injured by one of six bullets fired into a home in Fairburn.

Then on Nov. 27, an Atlanta man ran into his apartment to get away from a robber with a shotgun. A shot was fired into the home, striking the man’s 11-year-old daughter in the leg. Her name was not released.

All of the victims were black. The three children shot in Atlanta lived in the southwest part of the city. Fairburn is south of Atlanta.

Derrick Boazman, a community activist and former Atlanta City Council member, said the shootings have received little attention outside the communities where they happened.

“What happens is that we in the black community see so much of the violence that it doesn’t mean anything,” he said.

Boazman recently announced a $6,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the people involved in shooting the three Atlanta children.

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