0

Autopsy finished on shooting victim

By Ed Brock

The autopsy of a 2-year-old boy shot down during a home invasion has been completed but police are still waiting for further tests to show who actually fired the fatal shot.

Meanwhile, William Miranda, the 22-year-old father of victim Xavier Miranda, voluntarily worked with police on Monday at his apartment in Hunter's Bay Apartments near Forest Park to re-enact the robbery attempt that led to the shooting, said Clayton County Police Sgt. Olen Smith. Afterward he went with the officers for further questioning.

Investigators also recovered Miranda's gun on Monday and are hoping to determine if the bullet that killed Xavier may have come from it or the man who invaded the Miranda apartment looking for money.

The state medical examiner "did locate a projectile in the child's body and it will be sent for ballistics testing," Smith said.

The shooting occurred after a man stormed into the boy's house Thursday around 7:10 p.m. demanding money, police said.

Hours earlier, the family had cashed its $1,000 income tax return check, Clayton County Police Capt. Tim Robinson said previously.

Miranda told the gunman he did not have the money, Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner said.

The boy's mother, Chimere Calloway, 22, told police she had earlier left the apartment with the money.

After being denied, the gunman grabbed Xavier by the collar, put a gun to his head, and counted down from five, Turner said.

Upon reaching '1,' the family's aunt entered, startling the intruder, he said.

He pushed her to the floor, according a police report.

Two shots were fired. One struck Xavier in the neck, Turner said. William Miranda told police later that he had fired at the robber at one point.

Officers found the child laying on the floor, his body limp and lifeless, the report says.

Doctors at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston operated on Xavier Miranda but he died the morning after the shooting.

Smith said he couldn't say when the ballistics tests might be completed, and he could not say if Miranda would be charged if the tests show that the bullet came from his gun.

"It would revolve around the circumstances," Smith said.

Such a result also would not eliminate the fact that the robber, when caught, could be charged with murder, Smith added.

Calloway gave voice to her grief at a memorial for her son held at the apartment complex over the weekend.

"Treasure every moment, treasure every moment with your baby, because I blinked and mine was gone," Calloway said.

An activist group has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and police say they are close to identifying him.

Michael Langford, a member of the United Youth Adult Conference was outraged with the crime, urging police to identify and apprehend him.

"The sun should not set tonight with this person responsible for the death of this 2-year old still on the streets of this city," he said.

Gerald Rose, president of the New Order Human Rights Organization, said he will meet tonight with other groups to discuss what can be done to help the Hunter's Bay community.

"I went door to door canvassing. People are scared in that community," Rose said.

Rose said he's also received phone calls with information on the case that he passed on to police. New Order will be "very, very visible" in the community, he added.

Turner described the gunman as a tall, black male with short-cropped hair. He was last seen wearing a blue and black jacket and a white T-shirt. Thursday night he fled the scene in a white vehicle, possibly a Suburban.