ATLANTA - Channel 2 Action News is tracking the latest details on the double shooting of two young children in southwest Atlanta.
Someone fired shots into their home on Polar Rock Place as they were sleeping. Ty-Teyanna Motley, 2, did not survive. The family told Channel 2’s Ashley Swann her brother, 1-year-old Isaiah Motley, was critically injured but is expected to make a full recovery.
“About 1 or 2 o'clock in the morning, we heard gunshots,” the children’s uncle Charlie Howard told Swann.
He was sleeping downstairs when he said the family was awakened by the gunfire. Police said the shots went through the front door as the two kids slept on a sofa bed with their grandmother, just on the other side.
“The two bullets went through the door right there and hit both of them,” Howard said. “One hit the boy and one hit the girl."
Ty-Teyanna was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Isaiah was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston where he had surgery Saturday. The children's mother didn't want to go on camera, but told Channel 2 Action News her son is expected to make a full recovery. She said they moved from a house down the street into the house where the shooting happened about three weeks ago. She wonders if the bullets were meant for someone else.
Police and K-9 units searched the neighborhood for evidence that might lead to the shooter, but said they have little to go on.
“We’re still hoping someone will call us,” said Atlanta police Lt. Paul Guerrucci.
Ty-Teyanna's father said he - like the rest of the family - has no idea why someone would've fired into the home taking such an innocent life.
“Ty-Tteyanna's 2. She hadn't even lived her life. It hurts, it's killing me,” said Antoine Shepard. “She was outgoing. She loved to play. She was just a good girl. She don't deserve this."
Mom: 1-year-old son will be OK after shooting
Newborn baby left in trash can at gas station
Texas mom accused of handcuffing, seriously injuring 3-year-old son
Man accused of raping 2 women claims he's innocent because he's gay
Surveillance video from convenience store appears to show man beating child