By Jueseppi B.
By David Ferguson
Friday, March 22, 2013
A woman in coastal Brunswick, Georgia was shot in the leg and her 13-month-old son murdered in his stroller, allegedly by a pair of boys with a handgun. According to CNN, Sherry West was out walking her son Thursday morning when a pair of juveniles, one around 13 or 14 years of age and the other possibly as young as 10, approached her with a weapon and demanded her money.
“He said, ‘I am going to kill you if you don’t give me your money,’” said West.
When she replied that she wasn’t carrying any money, the older boy reportedly said, “Well, I am going to kill your baby.”
West tried to shield her child with her own body and was shot in the leg. The boy with the gun shot the infant in the head, then he and the other suspect fled on foot.
West’s son died at the scene. No witnesses have come forward and no weapon has been recovered. The boys are still at large.
Update: Two teens arrested in child’s shooting death:
Two Georgia teens, 17 and 14, were arrested Friday in connection with the death of West’s son, The Associated Press reported. They have not been identified and it’s not clear if police have any eyewitnesses, CNN added.
Police search for young suspects after Georgia infant shot, killed in stroller
Police responding to a 911 call in southeastern Georgia found a baby boy shot dead and a mother with a leg wound Thursday morning.
The incident in Brunswick prompted a search for two young male suspects, one between 13 and 15 years old, and the other possibly as young as 10.
While the mother said she was the victim of an attempted robbery, police said they had not identified a motive so far. They did not provide any other details of the alleged crime, other than to say that after the “senseless act,” both suspects fled on foot.
The mother, who was treated and released from a hospital, told CNN affiliate WAWS that she was walking her 13-month-old in his stroller Thursday morning when the two youths approached her and demanded money.
“He said, ‘I am going to kill you if you don’t give me your money,’” said Sherry West. She said she insisted she had no cash so the older boy shot her in the leg.
“He says, ‘Well, I am going to kill your baby.’”
She tried to shield the baby, but the boy shoved her away and shot the infant in the head, she said.
CNN affiliate WJXT reported the baby died at the scene.
“This is obviously just a terrible day in the city of Brunswick,” Mayor Bryan Thompson said at a news conference, “and made even more terrible by the senseless killing of a young child and it appears perpetrated by children themselves.”
By Tom Watkins. Nick Valencia and Phil Gast, CNN
Brunswick, Georgia (CNN) – Two teenagers were arrested Friday in the shooting death of a 13-month-old boy who was in his stroller, according to police in this coastal city.
Green identified the older suspect as De’Marquis Elkins, saying he will be treated as an adult in criminal proceedings. The 14-year-old was not identified because of his age.
“We are turning every stone to get a motive,” said Green. A weapon, believed to be a handgun, has not been found, but police expressed confidence they would find it.
Police said they acted on a suspect description given by the baby’s mother, Sherry West, who said she was with her son when the incident occurred.
Officers checked school attendance records to determine who was not in classes Thursday, police spokesman Todd Rhodes said. No other suspects are being sought, he said.
Police offered a $10,000 reward for information and have received more than 30 leads. They were still following them Friday afternoon.
West earlier told reporters that the incident occurred at 9 a.m. Thursday as she was walking home from the post office, pushing her son Antonio in a stroller.
“A boy approached me and told me he wanted my money, and I told him I didn’t have any money. And he said, ‘Give me your money or I’m going to kill you and I’m going to shoot your baby and kill your baby,’ and I said, “I don’t have any money and don’t kill my baby.”
The boy tried to grab her purse and opened fire when she said tried to tell him she had no money, West said, grazing her head. She said the boy then shot her in the leg.
West continued, “And then, all of a sudden, he walked over and he shot my baby in the face.”
West said she tried to perform CPR on her son and that the police took over when they arrived, but to no avail. “We lost him,” she said.
During the incident, the smaller of the two boys was hiding behind the larger one, she said. “I don’t know whether it was his brother or a friend.”
West had said she hopes the boys will receive the maximum sentence possible. “If they can use a gun like an adult, then they can be charged like an adult,” she said. “I want to see lethal injection or at least life in prison. This child did nothing to him. He was innocent and helpless.”
Though no one has reported seeing the shooting, several people called 911 after hearing it, Rhodes said.
The city’s website describes Brunswick, with a population of about 15,000, as “one of the most unique, historic and visually stunning places in the world.” It boasts 19th century Victorian-style homes, century-old oaks and magnolia tree-lined streets.
CNN’s Nick Valencia reported from Brunswick and Tom Watkins and Phil Gast reported and wrote from Atlanta. CNN’s Chandler Friedman, Jim Kavanagh and Dave Alsup contributed to this report.
Some of you folks would say ow’s not the time to discuss gun laws that help prevent this type of senseless death. To that asinine thought I simply say: when is the time? Should we wait until there are no gun deaths?
Impossible. There are 30 or more gun deaths a DAY IN AMERICA.
How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?
The answer to the simple question in that headline is 2,883 human lives have been erased bu gin violence in the 96 days since December 14th, 2012.
Thats Two Thousand, Eight Hundred & Eighty Three Americans lives lost. In Ninety Nine days.
This “controlled by The NRAsshole Manipulated Congress”, MUST GO IN 2014.