The 8-year-old died Saturday night after someone shot into the Jeep her mother had been driving down the road in front of the Wendy’s when a group of armed people stopped the car. In recent weeks peaceful protesters had been joined by armed men who put up barricades in the road and controlled access to the site.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who had been aware of negotiations between city council members and the protesters for a mutually agreeable exit, said Sunday the “mediation is over” because of the child’s death. “I tell you if you are looking to be part of the solution and not the problem then you are going to have to clear out,” Bottoms said after Secoriea’s anguished mother was led away from cameras.
As police dismantled the encampment Monday morning, protesters told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution they, too, were outraged and grieving for the child. They said they didn’t know the shooters, that they weren’t with them and they pointed out repeatedly that the shooting took place across the street, not at the Wendy’s — even though the mayor said Sunday a shot came from the restaurant parking lot.