Police are searching for suspects in Brunswick, Ga., after a young man opened fire on an infant being pushed by his mother in the stroller, killing the 13-month-old boy.
Brunswick Police Chief Tobe Green said the suspects are thought to be between 10 and 15 years old.
WJXT reports the mother, who was the only witness to the shooting, said she was confronted by two boys. She described the shooter as a black male between the ages of 13 and 15. Police said he was with a second boy who was a couple of years younger.
“He said ‘I’m going to kill you if you don’t give me money,’ and I said, ‘I swear I don’t have any,'” the mother, Sherry West, said in a tearful interview with WAWS-TV of Jacksonville.
She said she tried to protect her baby, Antonio, but shots rang out. “I put my arms over my baby and he shoves me and then he shot my baby right in the head,” West told WAWS-TV.
The Brunswick News reports that police had no motive in the shootings that occurred around 9:15 a.m. Thursday.
Brunswick Police spokesman Todd Rhodes told WJXT that the mother suffered non-life threatening injuries and was in stable condition at a nearby hospital.
“She is cooperating as fully as she can possibly cooperate, providing the best information that she has,” Brunswick Mayor Bryan Thompson told WJXT. “Given what she has gone through. She is, for right now, the only eyewitness we have.”
Brunswick police went door-to-door on Thursday with automatic weapons searching for the suspects and are offering a $10,000 reward for “information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for this horrific act.”
Residents described the neighborhood where the shooting happened as normally quiet, though there have been some property crimes recently. The city is about 80 miles south of Savannah.
“This makes me very uneasy,” Patricia Buie told The Brunswick News. “Now I am very concerned. It is making me want to move to the mountains.”