Man accused of shooting 7 year old turns himself in

1:48 PM, Jun 17, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- A 28-year-old man accused of shooting of a 7-year-old boy in northwest Atlanta Sunday evening has turned himself in.

Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones said Elrico Smith turned himself in Monday afternoon. He faces an aggravated assault charge.

The victim was playing with friends outside a home in the 2600 block of Mango Circle when he was shot Sunday night by someone aiming at two passing cars.

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The child was not the intended target, police said.

Atlanta Police Maj. Lane Hagin said the boy was hit in the stomach just after 7:30 p.m. after someone opened fire on two vehicles driving through the neighborhood.

"We don't know why, but he had a disagreement with the occupants of the two vehicles that came down the street," Major Hagin said. "When he saw the occupants, he apparently opened fire."

Family members drove the boy to Hughes-Spalding. He was later transported to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, where he was taken into surgery.

At last check, the boy was in stable condition. The child's name was not released.

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