Two police officers are on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, a news release from Waycross Police said. Waycross is in south Georgia, authorities said.
No one was injured or killed in the shooting, but a 16-year-old was treated by EMS for minor injuries after an altercation with officers, a release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
It is just one of four officer-involved shootings since Friday night being investigated by the GBI, news releases on the GBI website show.
The investigations into all three incidents, which occurred in John’s Creek, Norcross and Screven County, are ongoing, according to the GBI.
Waycross Police observed a car making a traffic violation around 8 a.m. Saturday and attempted to obtain the license plate information for the car, according to a news release from the GBI. Inside the car there were five minors, ages 9, 12, 14, 15 and 16.
Three of the children, ages 9, 12, and 14, exited the car as it continued to move toward the officers, the GBI release said.
Officers fired shots “multiple times” at the car with the other two minors, ages 15 and 16, inside, before the boys “exited the vehicle while it was still in drive,” the GBI release said.
The five children in the car were headed back from Walmart when the officer began following them, Goodman told reporters. The officer didn’t turn on his lights to pull them over until they reached their neighborhood, according to the three youngest children.
The older teens were scared and told the three youngest to jump out of the car and run home to get their father, the 12-year-old said. When they got out of the vehicle, the girl said the officers started shooting at them, the affiliate reported.
At least seven shots were fired by the officer, the 9-year-old boy told local TV station WJXT. “It went past my face,” the boy said. “I could have gotten shot in my face, but they shot the swing.”
“They shot at a car full of unarmed minors. A car full of unarmed children. Like who in the world can’t see that this is a 9-year-old? Who can’t see that this is a child? They look like children,” Goodman told WJXT. “They are babies. What was the purpose of the shooting?”
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