Officers are on administrative leave to wait for the results of an investigation, a report from Waycross Police said. Waycross is located in southern Georgia.
No one was injured or killed in the shooting, but a 16-year-old man was treated by EMS for mild injuries following a clash with officers, a statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
This is just one of four officer-related shootings since Friday night being investigated by GBI, reports on the GBI website said.
According to GBI, investigations into all three incidents occurring in John’s Creek, Norcross and Screven County, are underway.
Waycross police observed a car in violation of traffic laws around 8 a.m. on Saturday and tried to get the license plate information of the car, according to a report from GBI. Inside the vehicle are 5 minors, 9, 12, 14, 15 and 16 years old.
Three of the children, 9, 12 and 14 years old, got out of the car as it continued to move toward officers, the GBI statement said.
Police fired “multiple shots” at a vehicle with two other minors, aged 15 and 16, inside, before the boys “got out of the car while it was still driving,” the GBI statement said. know.
The 16-year-old man was arrested for possession of a handgun by a reckless driver under the age of 18, violation of a stop sign, and heavier assault on an officer, according to the Waycross Police report. police and unlicensed drivers.
According to the Waycross Police statement, the 15-year-old boy has been charged with possessing a handgun, obstructing an officer (felony) and stripping or attempting to take the gun from an officer.
CNN’s affiliate WJXT spoke to Dominique Goodman Sr., the father of the children involved, and the three youngest children involved in the incident.
Goodman told WJXT, the five children in the car returned from Walmart when the policeman began monitoring them. According to the three youngest children, the policeman did not turn on the light to pull them until they reached his neighborhood.
The older kids got scared and told the three youngest kids to jump out of the car and run home to pick up their father, the 12-year-old boy told WJXT. When they got out of the car, the girl said that the policemen started shooting at them, the branch reported.
The 9-year-old boy told WJXT. “It went over my face,” the boy told the branch. “I could have been shot in the face, but they hit the swing.”
“They shot at a car full of unarmed minors. A car full of unarmed children. Like anyone in the world can’t see that this is a 9 year old kid? Who doesn’t?” See if this is a kid? They look like kids, “Goodman told WJXT. “They were babies. What was the purpose of the shooting?”
Goldman heard gunshots and saw children running toward the house to call for help, WJXT reported.
“We went in the back, opened the door, and saw my 9-year-old, 12-year-old and 14-year-old kid running from behind the police, gunshots,” Goodman told the branch. . “We went down the street and saw our 15 year old kid and our 16 year old kid on the ground.”
The kids will go home to pick up Goodman, he told the branch. They are all heading to a soccer tournament in Jacksonville that two of the kids are expected to play on Saturday, WJXT reported.
“This is a good neighborhood. All the neighbors are basically relatives. To hear gunshots in this neighborhood and to see that our kids were shot in, everyone in the neighborhood knows me. We. They know they’re not bad kids. ” Goodman told WJXT. “Our kids almost lost their lives to go to a soccer game? Oh my God, it’s crazy. It’s crazy. It almost lost your life going to a football match.”