Three-year-old Wisconsin girl fatally shot during road-rage incident: 'This can’t become the norm'
Brooklyn Harris was riding with her mother and three siblings when their car almost collided with an SUV, whose driver then open fired, killing the toddler.
A 3-year-old girl from Milwaukee, Wisconsin lost her life after being shot fatally during a road rage incident on Saturday. According to reports, little Brooklyn Harris was riding in a car along with her mother and three siblings, aged between one and four, when it almost collided with a black Ford SUV at around 8:30 am. The driver behind the wheel of the SUV was armed, and moments after the near-collision, he opened fired at the other car, fatally striking the toddler in the process.
The unidentified shooter then attempted to flee the scene. Milwaukee police, who responded to the scene, saw the fleeing vehicle and gave chase. After eventually crashing his car, the suspect got out of his vehicle and ran from the authorities.
He was caught hiding in some bushes and taken into police custody. His name has not been released since the investigation into the incident is still ongoing.
The todler had celebrated her 3rd birthday on July 1.
A GoFundMe page was set up by her family to collect funds for her burial and a vigil was held for her Saturday night.
“She just turned three on the first. She just turned three years old,” the deceased's grandmother, Lasanga Ferguson, told Kron4. “These innocent kids should be able to play out here and live their life. It shouldn’t be all this killing going on. It’s always an innocent bystander. I’m praying that they put the guns down."
Milwaukee Assistant Police Chief Ray Banks appeared emotional during a press conference on the incident. "If our community has gotten to the point where we can get angry over a traffic accident and we start shooting at kids in a car, and we have a 3-year-old old dead, every one of you should be just as angry about this as I am," Banks said.
"We are consistently burying our children. That's not supposed to happen. This can’t become the norm. Our city’s better than this. We need everybody to understand just how tragic this is.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett also shared his frustration over the incident. “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," he said.