In an impassioned press conference Sunday night, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued a full-throated call for citizens to stop "shooting each other up on our streets," after an 8-year-old girl was shot and killed on the Fourth of July near a Wendy's that became a flashpoint of recent anti-police protests in the city.
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“Enough is enough," Bottoms said. "Enough is enough. We have talked about this movement that's happening across America and this moment in time when we have the ears and the interests of people across this country and across this globe who are saying they want to see change. But the difference in this moment in time with the civil rights movement -- in the civil rights movement, there was a defined, common enemy. We're fighting the enemy within when we are shooting each other up on our streets."
She continued: "You shot and killed a baby. And there wasn’t just one shooter; there were at least two shooters. An 8-year-old baby. If you want people to take us seriously, and you don't want us to lose this movement, then we can't lose each other."
"It has to stop," Bottoms added, according to FOX 5 Atlanta. "You can't blame this on police officers. It's about people who shot a baby in a car. We're doing each other more harm than any officer on this force."
Atlanta Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, says "Enough is enough... you shot and killed a baby." during a press conference today addressing the shooting death of an 8-year-old girl last night in southeast Atlanta. @11AliveNews pic.twitter.com/IqlzWQlFfY— Natisha Lance (@NatishaLance) July 5, 2020
"They say Black Lives Matter. You killed your own." Secoriya Williamson, father of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner, addressed the public during a press conf. today after his daughter was shot and killed last night while riding in a car w/ her mother in Southeast Atlanta. @11AliveNews pic.twitter.com/odowRbSXsq— Natisha Lance (@NatishaLance) July 5, 2020
Charmaine Turner, mother of 8-year-old shooting victim Secoriea Turner, pleads with the public for help to find the person responsible for killing her daughter last night on University Ave. and Pryor. A $10,000 reward is being offered to help solve the crime. @11AliveNews pic.twitter.com/tToUxavgAS— Natisha Lance (@NatishaLance) July 5, 2020
Secoriea Turner and Royta Giles Jr. both 8. Have recently lost their lives to gun violence.— bree-anne-uh (@BRlLENClAGA) July 6, 2020
They were 8. EIGHT.
Put the guns down. Now. pic.twitter.com/M0f6YF2Pm1
This happened next. pic.twitter.com/JxpMDphyDe— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 6, 2020
Aftermath in the Edgewood neighborhood in Atlanta. 23 shot, 3 dead including an 8 year old. pic.twitter.com/MKfZB66yPU— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 6, 2020
BREAKING: $10,000 Reward issued for the shooting death of 8 year-old Secoriea Turner. Call 404-617-3012 with information on this case. pic.twitter.com/57dVNQVmgV— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) July 5, 2020