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Person of interest sought in 8-year-old Atlanta girl’s shooting death

Authorities have released surveillance photos of a person of interest in the July 4 shooting death of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner.
Authorities have released surveillance photos of a person of interest in the July 4 shooting death of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner.

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

Investigators on Tuesday released surveillance footage of a man wanted for questioning in connection with the July 4 shooting death of an 8-year-old Atlanta girl.

Secoriea Turner was killed Saturday evening 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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Secoriea Turner
Secoriea Turner

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

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

The man  seen holding two guns is a person of interest in the shooting death of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner, police said. 
The man seen holding two guns is a person of interest in the shooting death of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner, police said. 

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Credit: Channel 2 Action News

“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 APD 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.

Investigators believe at least four people were involved in the fatal shooting, police said.

Asked if the armed suspects may have fired on the SUV in self-defense, Malecki said video evidence obtained by investigators suggests that did not happen.

“We’ve also processed that vehicle and there is no ballistic evidence to suggest that occurred,” he said. “We believe at this point, there is going to be a minimum of three additional suspects.”

A $20,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

“I’m confident that somebody knows the name of this man,” Malecki said, pointing to a video of a man armed with an AR-15. “With a simple phone call, an individual can earn a $20,000 reward being offered through Atlanta Crime Stoppers. In addition, it’s the opportunity to do the right thing.”

On Sunday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms denounced the violence that claimed Turner's life — arguing it damaged the movement for racial justice and police accountability.

“Enough is enough,” Bottoms said in an emotional news conference at Atlanta police headquarters in which the mayor and Turner’s family urged people to come forward with information.

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“I am just asking you to please honor this baby’s life,” Bottoms said. “Please, if you know who did this, please turn them in. These people are a danger to all of us.”

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Secoriea Turner, age 3, with her mother Charmaine Turner.
Secoriea Turner, age 3, with her mother Charmaine Turner.

Credit: Family photo

Credit: Family photo

Turner was one of five people killed in shootings over the weekend in Atlanta. More than two dozen were injured.

“That was my baby,” her mother, Charmaine Turner, told the AJC. “This was my only daughter. She was so loving. Her skin just glowed. She was always happy and just full of joy.”

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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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Secoriea Turner was shot while riding in a car with her mother and her mother?s friend Saturday night.

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