Atlanta church service will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta’s mayor, Georgia’s governor and U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock are scheduled to attend the annual Martin Luther King Jr. service at King’s old congregation, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The service at Ebenezer and other events surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorate what would have been King’s 93rd birthday. In a news release, the King Center in Atlanta said the 10 a.m. Monday service will be broadcast live on Atlanta’s Fox TV affiliate and on Facebook, YouTube and thekingcenter.org.The Rev. Natosha Reid Rice and Pastor Sam Collier will preside over the service. This year's keynote speaker is the Rev.
A 6-month-old child was killed Monday afternoon in Atlanta after getting caught in the crossfire of a shootout between two people, according to police. © Provided by NBC News
Authorities received a call of a person shot on Anderson Avenue at 2:56 p.m., Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said Monday in a news conference.
The baby was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where they were pronounced dead, according to police.
The child's name was not disclosed.
Bryant said the shooting was between “two people involved in gun violence,” and the “child was an innocent victim.”
He said the investigation is in its early stages and investigators are working leads.
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With growing pressure on prosecutors to thoroughly investigate cases and guilty verdicts reached in recent trials against officers, charges and convictions are no longer beyond belief, experts say.It became the first publicly known case in the country this year in which an officer was charged with either manslaughter or murder in connection with an on-duty shooting.
“Right now our personnel are down consoling the mother of this child,” Bryant said. “This one hurts, for a 6-month-old to be riding down the street and become victim to gun violence — random gun violence between two people who can’t resolve a simple issue."
The shooting marked the third death of a child under the age of six in Atlanta this year alone, Mayor Andre Dickens said Monday.
“These children are bearing the burden and the pain of adults who are choosing to use guns to solve disputes,” Dickens said. “The children are bearing this burden with their lives. And I’m here to ask and to demand that it stop right now.”
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said in a statement, “Our hearts are broken for the loss of this innocent child.”
“We mourn this unfathomable tragedy tonight with the family,” he tweeted. “This kind of lawlessness must end, & these criminals must be held accountable."
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The three teens, one just 15, also stole the man's car, in addition to gunning him down and taking his pet, officers said.After serving search warrants at "two locations" in Richmond, the suspects were "taken into custody without incident.