JONESBORO — A 4-year-old girl, shot in the head while traveling in her mother’s minivan, remained in critical condition Thursday at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Hospital.
Clayton County Police Lt. Chris Windley said the shot came from a weapon inside the car.
Windley identified the mother as Vera Harmon of Jonesboro. He said Harmon, 34, had three of her other children, two boys ages three and 12 along with a 7-year-old girl, in the minivan at the time of the shooting.
Police responded to a person shot call around 11:14 a.m., Wednesday, at Ga. 54 and Towngate Boulevard.
“The mother said she and her four children were traveling on Highway 54 when she heard a pop,” said Windley. “She looked back into the back seat and saw that her 4-year-old daughter was slumped over. She had been shot while she was in the car seat.”
Windley said Harmon stopped the car and called 911. While waiting for help to arrive, she tried to render aid to her daughter.
Clayton County fire Capt. Walter Barber said medics stabilized the child, before she was airlifted to the hospital.
The mother first thought the car had been shot at from outside, said Jonesboro police Chief Franklin Allen. However, Windley said the investigation showed the shot came from inside the car.
“She was shot inside the vehicle,” he said.
Allen said he understands one of the children picked up a gun and fired it inside the car. He had no information on to whom the gun belongs.
Police are not releasing the name of the victim or her siblings.
“No charges have been filed at this time,” said Windley. “The incident is still under investigation.”
Senior reporter Kathy Jefcoats contributed to this article.