18-year-old Georgia girl killed by stray bullet as she slept in her bed hours before her first job interview
Jessica Daniels had graduated from South Atlanta High School in May and had a job interview scheduled for Thursday morning
ATLANTA, GEORGIA: In a tragic incident, a high school graduate lost her life in the early hours of Thursday, October 3, after she was fatally struck by a stray bullet.
The 18-year-old was identified by her bereaved family as Jessica Daniels. She had been preparing for a job interview hours before the bullet flew into the window and struck her in the chest while she was asleep.
The incident occurred in the 2900 block of River Ridge Drive and witnesses called the cops after they heard gunfire around 5:30 am. Five minutes later, when the police arrived at the scene, Daniels was found to be unresponsive in her bed. A single gunshot in her chest took her life.
Investigators later learned that the exchange of gunfire took place between two shooters and lasted several minutes. Three stray bullets flew in Daniels' direction, out of which one struck and killed her. The victim’s mother, grandfather and grandmother were inside the house at the time of the shooting, police said.
Daniels' grandfather, Sanders Love, told AJC, "I heard the shots, I jumped up, I ran upstairs and I ran to the door first. And then I heard my daughter in the back say 'Jessica been shot,' and I just lost it."
Her aunt, Donna McClain, said, "She was sleeping. She was resting. And you just took her poor little life away."
Authorities believe that Daniels was not the target in the shooting. Nevertheless, a thorough investigation into the matter is ongoing. "We can’t think of any reason she may have been the subject or the target," Atlanta police spokeswoman Lt. Andrea Webster told AJC.
Police are questioning neighbors and nearby residents for clues to help them locate the shooters and build a suspect profile.
Daniels graduated from South Atlanta High School in May and had a job interview scheduled for Thursday morning.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family and the Atlanta Police Foundation has announced a reward of $10,000 for tipsters who can help locate the gunmen.