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Investigators looking into shooting death of child

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations is investigating the shooting death of a 5-year-old child Saturday afternoon.

Franklin County 911 dispatched officers to St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital to assist a father arriving at the hospital with his child, who had been reportedly shot., a press release from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said. 

Officers learned the child suffered a gunshot wound to the upper chest. The 5-year-old child was then transported by helicopter to a trauma center in Atlanta.

The child died from the injuries suffered from the gunshot wound.

Investigators responded to an address in the Gumlog community where the child resided.

Authorities remained on the scene throughout the early Sunday morning hours collecting evidence and conducting interviews.

The investigation is ongoing. More details will be released later.

"Law enforcement is coordinating their efforts with the Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, the Franklin County Coroner’s Office, the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services and the Medical Examiner’s Office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation," the press release said.

Franklin County Citizen Leader

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 580, 12150 Augusta Road
Lavonia, GA  30553

Phone: 706-356-8557
Fax: 706-356-2008