MILWAUKEE (WIVB/NBC Newschannel) — People in Milwaukee are angry after a 3-year-old girl was shot and killed in a road-rage incident.
“She just turned 3 on the first. She just turned 3-years-old,” grandmother Lasangna Ferguson said.
Ferguson is processing the loss of her grandchild Brooklyn Harris as the rest of the community prays for her family.
The 3-year-old was shot and killed around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Investigators say she was with her mom and siblings in a car when her mom nearly crashed with another car.
The driver of that other car then shot at them, a bullet striking the little girl.
Police say they have a suspect in custody.
The incident now creating an outcry amongst local leaders and the community.
“Every one of you should be just as angry and upset about this as I am,” Milwaukee Assistant Chief Ray Banks said. “She had her whole life in front of her.”
“On a Saturday morning, to have a young child lose their life because some jerk decides that he’s going to use a gun because he’s mad at someone on the streets is just insanity,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.
“These innocent kids should be able to play out here and live their life,” Ferguson said. “It shouldn’t be all this killing going on. It’s always an innocent bystander.”
They’re seeking change and agree it’s going to take more than police to make a difference — it’s going to take the whole community working together.
“This can’t become the norm,” Banks said. “Our city’s better than this. We need everybody to understand just how tragic this is.”
“I’m praying that they put the guns down,” Ferguson said.
This marks the third time in less than two months that a 3-year-old was shot in Milwaukee.
The other two survived their injuries.