8-year-old shot, teen grazed by gunfire at DeKalb apartment

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An 8-year-old boy was struck and a 17-year-old boy was grazed by a bullet during a shooting at a DeKalb County apartment complex Friday afternoon, authorities said.

The incident took place about 3:40 p.m. at the Eastwyck Village Apartments near I-20 and Candler Road, DeKalb police confirmed to AJC.com. The child was shot in the shoulder and suffered moderate injuries, according to police spokeswoman Michaela Vincent.

The child was with the teenager when the shooting occurred. The teen was grazed in the leg, Vincent said.

The child was taken to a hospital.

No suspects have been arrested, and investigators are working to determine what led to the shooting. No other information has been released.

The apartment complex was the scene of a shooting last year that injured a 4-year-old girl, AJC.com previously reported. Two men were arrested after being accused of arguing and shooting at each other. A stray bullet struck the child, who was asleep in her home.

In the past three weeks, multiple other children have been the victims of gun violence in the Atlanta area.

On the Fourth of July, 8-year-old Secoriea Turner was shot and killed near the infamous Wendy’s in south Atlanta where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by police. Turner was sitting in a car across the street from the restaurant, which had been burned down after Brooks’ death, when she was shot and killed.

The incident prompted harsh rebukes from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and other Georgia politicians and public figures. Armed protesters, who were camping out at the burned-out restaurant since Brooks’ death, were cleared from the site days later so the building could be demolished.

A felony murder suspect in Turner’s death turned himself in to authorities 11 days after her death.

On July 8, four days after Turner was shot, a 9-year-old boy was among those injured in a triple shooting in East Atlanta Village.

The child, Javonni Carson, was filming a TikTok video when he was shot four times during an unrelated drive-by, according to police. Carson has undergone surgery and is expected to be OK.

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