2-Year-Old Georgia Girl Dies After Being Shot By Pellet Gun

A 2-year-old girl from Georgia’s Haralson County has died after police say she was accidentally shot with a pellet gun on Thursday night. 

“Shortly after 6 p.m., Haralson County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to reports of a possible cardiac arrest on Poseyville Road. When deputies met the caller near Corinth Posey Road and Business 27, they were told the 2-year-old victim had been shot by a BB gun,” Fox 5 Atlanta reported. “Medics rushed the girl, identified as Jaylea Hutchinson, to Tanner Medical Center at Higgins where she later died from her injuries.”

ADeputies are still investigating the events that led up to the shooting, but they say Hutchinson was shot by another child at the home and the incident is believed to be a “tragic accidental shooting.”

“Please join me in praying for this family,” Haralson County Sheriff Stacy Williams said in a statement. “We ask that you respect the privacy of the family as they deal with the tragic loss of such a young child.”

While the tragedy was caused by a pellet gun, it is a reminder of the worsening pattern of children falling victim to gun violence in Georgia’s cities. For example, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the number of children and teenagers killed by gun violence in Atlanta in the first eleven months of 2022 greatly exceeds the number killed in 2021, which itself was already a high number.

“In 2021, more than two dozen children and teenagers were killed by gun violence in metro Atlanta and several others were injured. That violence has continued in 2022,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. “As of Dec. 4, there have been at least 71 children under the age of 18 shot. Of them at least 37 have died.”

D & B Staff

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