It was also at least the second fatal shooting involving a stray bullet in the Atlanta area in nine days.
Police are trying to determine the identities of the two shooters involved in Monday’s shooting, Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said in a news conference on Monday. No arrests have been reported.
“We will continue to work throughout the night to find resolution for (the baby’s) family,” Bryant said.
Details about what led to the shooting weren’t immediately available.
A woman who lives nearby said that she and her husband heard gunshots.
“Immediately my heart, it just began to break,” she said. “We actually both kind of teared up. Here we go again. Another life lost. Another senseless death.”
This was the third shooting of a child under six — two of whom died — in Atlanta this year, Mayor Andre Dickens said at Monday’s news conference.
“These children are bearing the brunt and losing their lives because adults are unable to settle their disputes without going to guns,” Dickens said. “I’m demanding that it stop. We’re going to put an end to it. We’re about to work day and night on this, as we have been, but this, this hurts — it’s a 6-month-old child that we’ve lost.”
British scientist killed by stray bullet while visiting metro Atlanta
The 6-month-old was at least the second person to be killed by a stray bullet in the Atlanta area since last week, according to reports from authorities.
Early on January 16, British scientist Matthew Wilson, 31, was shot while he was in an apartment in the northeastern Atlanta suburb of Brookhaven, police said.
Brookhaven police said they responded to 911 calls about shots being fired from an apartment complex there. While officers were checking the area, police said they received another call about a man being shot in an apartment.
When officers arrived at the apartment, they found Wilson in bed with a gunshot wound to his head. He was taken to a hospital, where he died, police said.
Wilson, an astrophysicist from Chertsey in Surrey, England, was visiting loved ones when the shooting happened, according to police.
“This incident appears to be a random act involving individuals participating in the reckless discharge of firearm(s) which led to the tragic death” of Wilson, Brookhaven police said in a news release.
No arrests have been made in the case.