Officials say that the childs mother and a man not related to the child were involved in a verbal altercation. Authorities also say the man discharged a firearm multiple times into the residence and a vehicle.
A 2-year-old girl was fatally shot when a man opened fire at an Augusta home Tuesday evening after an argument with the child’s mother, authorities said.
An argument between Gunter and the girls mother, 19-year-old Jackqueline Ingram about the use of a vehicle resulted in Gunter discharging a firearm multiple times striking the vehicle which caused substantial damage. After Ingram ran inside the residence, closed, and locked the door, Gunter kicked the door and fired one time inside the residence from outside and struck JaZiah Pollard in the head. Pollard was hit by one of the bullets.
Update: Man charged with murder in shooting death of two-year-old girl
The toddler, identified as Ja’Ziah Pollard, was hit in the head when her mother’s live-in boyfriend kicked open the door to her Meadowbrook Drive home and fired once, according to investigators with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. She was taken to a local hospital, where she later died.
Gunter and Pollard’s mother share an infant child, but he is not related to the toddler, sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Lee said. The two were arguing over the use of a vehicle before Gunter allegedly started shooting.
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) – A 2-year-old girl is dead after being shot Tuesday evening in the 2900 block of Meadbrook Drive in Augusta.
“Gunter discharged a firearm multiple times, striking the vehicle, which caused substantial damage,” Lee said in a statement. “After Ingram ran inside of the residence and closed and locked the door, Gunter kicked the door open and fired one time inside the residence from outside and struck Ja’Ziah Pollard in the head.”
Authorities were called to the home in the 2900 block of Meadowbrook Drive about 7:45 p.m. after the child was shot, and Gunter was taken into custody.
In addition to the murder charge, Gunter faces charges of aggravated assault, second-degree criminal damage to property, and weapons charges. As a felon, Gunter was not supposed to have a gun, authorities said.
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