Deontea Anderson, 28, and Paul Hinds Jr., 24, were arrested at the scene. Anderson is facing charges of aggravated assault, cruelty to children in the first degree and obstruction. Hinds also faces those charges, plus a charge of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana.
The child is not the first to be hit by random gunfire on an Atlanta road. Kennedy Maxie, 7, was fatally shot Dec. 21, 2020, while riding in a car near Phipps Plaza in Buckhead. She and her family were Christmas shopping when a bullet fired from the parking lot of the upscale shopping mall hit Kennedy in the head.
She died six days later.
Investigators say bullets were fired when two groups began arguing in the parking lot outside Saks Fifth Avenue, and the 7-year-old was not the intended target. Police identified Daquan Reed as the suspect who fired the fatal bullet and arrested him in January 2021 following a weeklong manhunt, the AJC reported.