Atlanta police on Tuesday identified a suspect wanted in the shooting death of a 7-year-old girl.
During a press conference, authorities identified the suspect as 24-year-old Daquan Reed of Virginia. Reed is charged with of felony murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and reckless conduct.
Investigators are actively working to arrest Reed.
Kennedy Maxie was in a vehicle with her aunt passing Phipps Plaza in Buckhead on Dec. 21 when she was struck by a bullet.
The child's aunt heard what sounded like several gunshots, but was not aware her niece had been struck until the child began acting strangely.
Kennedy was immediately transported to Scottish Rite Hospital for surgery. She succumbed to her injuries the evening of Dec. 26, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office.
The family has set up a GoFundMe account for anyone wishing to leave a donation.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued the following statement:
Our hearts are broken by the senseless murder of Kennedy. While the Atlanta Police Department has significant leads in the apprehension of those responsible, it does not erase the pain felt when a beautiful, vibrant, and loving child is tragically taken from her family. We urge the public to continue to provide information that will lead to the arrests of the careless and heartless people responsible for Kennedy’s death.
Authorities are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Daquan Reed should contact 911 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta. Information on the case can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.StopCrimeATL.com.