STONE MOUNTAIN, GA — A 2-year-old boy was shot outside a Kroger supermarket in Stone Mountain, Georgia Wednesday afternoon after his father intervened to stop a mugging and then fought with the robber.
The child is in stable condition at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, according to DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander. The gunman is on the run.
Thursday morning, DeKalb County Police released photos of the man they say is responsible for the crime.
Here’s what led up to the shooting, according to witnesses and Chief Alexander.
At about 1:00 p.m., a man saw someone getting mugged in the parking lot of the Hairston Village Shopping Center at Memorial Drive and North Hairston Road in Houston.
The man intervened and stopped the mugging, but the man and the mugger ended up fighting each other.
They were fighting just outside the entrance to the Kroger.
The mugger pulled out a gun and started shooting. He fired several rounds. He shot in the direction of the man’s car, which was parked next to the entrance. The man’s wife and 2-year-old son were in the car, and their son was shot at least once in the stomach.
Someone carried the boy into the Kroger and placed him on top of one of the check-out counters. A pharmacist gave first aid while the ambulance was on the way. The boy was taken to the hospital.