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Georgia police shot at teens following traffic stop, investigators say

Shaddi Abusaid, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

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ATLANTA -- Members of a South Georgia community are demanding a thorough investigation after Waycross police opened fire on at least two juveniles during a traffic stop Saturday morning.

The officer-involved shooting took place about 8 a.m. after police attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation, Georgia Bureau of Investigations spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.

Inside the car were five minors, ages 9, 12, 14, 15 and 16, authorities said.

As the car approached the children's home in Waycross, near Walters and Greenwood streets, the three youngest children jumped out and ran, officials said.

"A second officer responded to assist while the first officer followed the three minors in his vehicle," the GBI said in a statement.

The second officer opened fire on the two teens inside the car after they reportedly drove toward him as he approached the vehicle, authorities said.

 

Nobody was struck by the gunfire, and the 15- and 16-year-old got out of the car while it was still in drive, Miles said. According to investigators, a struggle ensued and the 15-year-old was injured by the officer as he arrested him.

In a Facebook video that went viral Saturday morning, a teenager could be seen bleeding from his head while sitting in the back of a Waycross patrol car.

The video had been viewed more than 100,000 times as of Saturday evening.

Jacksonville-based news station WJXT reported the children were returning home from a Walmart when Waycross police began following them.

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