2nd person of interest sought in 8-year-old Atlanta girl’s shooting death

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Atlanta police on Sunday released photos of a second man wanted for questioning in a shooting that killed an 8-year-old girl.

The man, described by police as a person of interest in the case, is sought in connection with the death of Secoriea Turner.

The child was killed July 4 after gunmen opened fire on her mother’s SUV as she attempted to turn around in a University Avenue parking lot.

The fatal shooting occurred across the street from the Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was killed by an Atlanta police officer last month.

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Atlanta police Lt. Pete Malecki previously said investigators believe the shots were fired intentionally after the Jeep Cherokee that Secoriea was riding in crossed a “makeshift roadblock that was manned by numerous armed individuals.”

“The driver of the (Cherokee) attempted to go around the roadblock, at which point that vehicle was immediately met by gunfire,” Malecki said during a news conference at police headquarters.

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The car was struck at least eight times, police said. The rising third grader was rushed to Atlanta Medical Center, but died of her injuries.

Secoriea’s funeral will be held Wednesday at New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, according to her family.

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Because of concerns about COVID-19, the memorial service will be private and by invitation only.

The family encourages the public to attend the viewing, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Murray Brothers Funeral Home.

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The new photos that police distributed Sunday appear to show the second person of interest with an assault weapon around his leg.

Investigators believe at least four people were involved in the fatal shooting, police said. On July 7, investigators released surveillance footage of another person of interest in the case.

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“I’m confident that somebody knows the name of this man,” Malecki previously said, pointing to a video of a man armed with an AR-15.

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

A $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction increased on Monday to $50,000, family attorney Mawuli Davis said during a news conference attended by Secoriea’s parents.

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Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for the cash reward, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.

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