Atlanta police are investigating a shooting that left 2-year-old Ty-Teyanna Motley shot and killed and her 1-year-old brother hospitalized.
Authorities say the shooting took place around 1:40 A.M. when someone fired at least two bullets through the bottom of the door of a red-brick house in south Atlanta.
The bullets struck Ty-Teyanna Motley and her one-year-old brother, Isaiah, who were sleeping with their grandmother in a sofa bed behind the door, said Charlie Howard, the victims’ uncle.
Ty-Teyanna was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The boy was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Police said he was stable but in critical condition. His uncle said he suffered a bullet wound near his spine.
The childrens’ uncle, Charlie Howard, says:
“We never had any problems with anybody. Whoever did that was a coward. My niece was only 2 years old. If they had a problem, they should just tell us.”
Howard was in the basement of the house sleeping with his family when the bullets shattered the home’s silence. He then rushed upstairs, finding his nephew screaming and soaked in blood and his niece was unresponsive.
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Police said they had no leads but said the incident did not appear to be the result of a drive-by shooting. They asked the community for tips, but many of the neighbors who gathered around the house Saturday morning could offer little help. Several declined to speak to an AJC reporter.
The little girl’s grandfather, Tommy Wood, described her as a precocious toddler. “If she was out there now, she’d be messing with me,” said Wood, who added that Isaiah had just started to walk. “He was just getting around, just starting to know the family.”
The family is urging witness to come forward with information on the extremely tragic crime.
Our prayers and condolences are with the Motley family and we hope the Atlanta Police department get to the bottom of this.