Shanta Kelley said her 11-year-old grandson Keivon Kelley didn't deserve to be shot by two groups of men shooting at each other Wednesday night.
"Why do it on the street where there are kids?" Kelley asked. "Why involve the rest of the kids? Go somewhere in a field and shoot it out, kill each other. Why involve the kids? Because they are cowards - that's why they do it like that, they are cowards."
Keivon was walking home from a friend's house when he was shot in the left shoulder. Keivon was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, where he is in stable condition.
Officers said two groups of people were exchanging gunfire. The gunfire started at Arthur and Sims streets and ended in the 900 block of Coleman Street, where the child was shot.
Carvalle Flemings, who lives on Coleman Street, said he heard upwards of 12 shots. He said he put a wrap on the child's arm to stop it from bleeding.
Investigators said the two groups were on foot or on bicycles. Police said they do not believe the child was with either group.
Atlanta police say they have made an arrest in connection with a child being shot.
Authorities are not releasing the suspect's information at this time because of their continuing investigation.
Kelley said Keivon's brother was with him when he was shot and ran for help.
"He got his brother to a safe house and told people to call an ambulance," Kelley said. "He didn't panic, he stayed strong and got his brother help ... I am very proud he didn't run off and hide, he was thinking about his brother."
Police anticipate more arrests in this case.
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