ATLANTA — Atlanta police have made and arrest in the case of a 6-month-old shot and killed during a drive-by shooting.
Grayson Matthew Fleming-Gray was killed Monday after someone shot into the car he was riding in with his mother on Anderson Avenue.
In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens announced that a suspect had been taken into custody.
Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said Dequasie Little, 22, was arrested in Decatur. Bryant said tips from the community helped lead to the arrest.
Bryant said they believe Little is the shooter and that others may be arrested as well.
He is being charged with felony murder and aggravated assault with the intent to murder.
Dickens thanked the police department for their hard work.
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“They worked 24 hours, non stop until they resolve this issue. And now a suspect is under arrest. They worked through the night and through the day about this child, as if this child was their own, because indeed, every child in this city is our own,” Dickens said.
Bryant said he was proud of his officers who helped make an arrest in the case so fast, but also said the shooting never should have happened to begin with.
“I’m mad as hell that the incident occurred in the first place. We’re in a place where problems in our major cities and throughout our country has gotten out of control,” Bryant said. “As a community, we cannot just leave this on the shoulders of the police department or the DHS office or Mayor’s office or government as a whole. It’s gonna take all of us to stop this foolishness that we’re seeing.”
“Grayson Fleming-Gray did not deserve to die yesterday. Let that sink in. You share that throughout this whole community,” Dickens said.
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Earlier in the day, police released new surveillance video of a vehicle of interest they say may be involved in the shooting.
The video released earlier Tuesday by police shows a light-colored (possibly grey or white) Jeep SUV on Anderson Avenue around 2:39 p.m. The video was taken around the time of the shooting but does not show the shooting.
Anyone with information on the case can submit a tip anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or online www.crimestoppersatlanta.org
Grayson’s family has set up a fundraiser to help pay for his funeral expenses.
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