A 5-year-old in Birmingham, Alabama, was shot and killed after being caught in the crossfire during an argument between two family members.
According to AL.com, Ta’Narius “TJ” Moore Jr., a kindergartener who would have turned six in January sustained a gunshot wound to the head on Saturday afternoon. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Birmingham police Sgt. Johnny Williams told the news site that two of TJ’s relatives – both reportedly women – were arguing when they allegedly fired weapons at one another and the young boy was struck at around 2:30 p.m.
TJ had just played youth league football and had been named an All-Star mere hours before the shooting, according to his paternal grandmother, Sherie Moore.
Birmingham Police Deputy Chief Scott Praytor said that multiple people have been detained, and authorities are still seeking out others, including witnesses who may have fled the scene after the gunfire.
“We’re talking to family members as we speak, trying to sort out what happened here,” Praytor said.
TJ’s grandmother mourned the lost of the child, especially after losing her son – TJ’s father – in May 2017 to gun violence as well, as AL.com notes.
Ta’Narius Senior was shot and killed in what was determined to be a longtime feud between him and the shooter, who remained unidentified. The shooting was ultimately ruled justifiable, and no charges were ever filed in the case.
“I lost my son, and now I lost his junior,’’ she told the site. “It’s a hard pill to swallow. It’s just hard. It’s unexplainable.”
“I know they’re together,’’ she added, “but that doesn’t ease my pain.”