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A 7-year-old girl who was shot in the head in the Buckhead of northwest Atlanta has died.

Kennedy Maxie was a passenger in a Lexus with her mother and aunt when she was shot in the back of the head near Phipps Plaza. Kennedy died on Saturday after undergoing emergency surgery.

The child's aunt said she heard gunfire as she drove past Phipps Plaza on Monday, December 21. She drove on until she realized Kennedy had been struck and rushed her to Children's Healthcare at Scottish Rite Hospital.

Police say a fight between two groups of men broke out in the parking lot outside Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza. Kennedy was shot by a stray bullet fired by one of the men.

Atlanta police have investigated 150 shootings in Atlanta this year. At least 8 shootings have occurred at Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza since December 2019. Both malls are owned by Simon Properties, which promised to install metal detectors at Lenox Square mall entrances.

Phipps, located across the street from Lenox Square, is considered the more upscale property. No new security plan was announced for Phipps.

Investigators are working on "significant leads" from the public, said Atlanta's Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

"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."

A GofundMe page raised over $50,000 for the girl's family.

A $15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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A 7-year-old girl is in critical condition after she was struck by a stray bullet while riding in a car in Atlanta's affluent Buckhead neighborhood on Monday, Dec. 21.

Kennedy Maxie, of Mableton, was shot in the head while riding in a Lexus with her mother and aunt near Phipps Plaza after doing some Christmas shopping.

The child's aunt said she heard several gunshots as she drove past Phipps Plaza. She drove on until she realized Kennedy had been hit, and rushed her to Scottish Rite's Children's Hospital.

Police say a fight between two groups of men broke out in the parking lot outside Saks Fifth Avenue. Investigators are reviewing surveillance video for more leads.

Gang bangers from Chicago and other lawless, lockdown cities have poured into Atlanta to take advantage of the city's wide open atmosphere amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

Music producer Jermaine Dupri is among the city's high-profile residents who expressed outrage over the ongoing gun violence. He tweeted that Atlanta police should do more racial profiling to sweep out-of-towners with guns off the city's streets.

"If you really from the A, it's time for us to come together and stop all this shooting shit at Lenox and now Phipps," Dupri tweeted on Christmas Eve. "The police need to get together, the profiling needs to go to code red and I can give a f*ck about y'all getting mad about me saying this. lil kids getting shot is wack."

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At a press conference on Tuesday, interim Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said "social gatherings" at Buckhead's Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza are attracting more criminals with guns.

"It is very concerning," Bryant told reporters. "Part of that is the proliferation of weapons that we are seeing on the streets... This is unique to what we have had in the past."

Atlanta police have investigated 150 shootings in Atlanta this year. At least 8 shootings have occurred at Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza since December 2019.

"It's very, very sad," said Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore. "It's just unbelievable the level of gun violence that we're seeing."

City Councilman Howard Shook blasted Atlanta's city leadership in a statement, calling the child's shooting the "latest and most painful example of the utter lawlessness that defines what it means to live in Atlanta."

"It will take a lot to turn this around," he continued. "But here, in descending order, are the three things we need to begin: 1). Leadership; 2). Some Leadership; 3). Any leadership."

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms defended her administration's efforts to curb the crime wave caused by out-of-towners.

"This is a challenging time in Atlanta and across our country," Bottoms said. "While we continue to keep public safety as a top priority, senseless gun violence continues to impact innocent lives, like that of the precious 7-year-old girl who was struck by a stray bullet (Monday) night. We owe it to our children, as well as to all of our communities, to do everything in our power to eliminate gun violence."

Simon Properties, which owns both Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza across the street, promised to install metal detectors at Lenox Square Mall entrances and hire police dogs to sniff out guns concealed on shoppers.

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No plans were announced for Phipps Plaza, which is considered the more affluent of the two malls. Phipps is the main destination for lawbreakers because shoppers include celebrities, pro athletes, trust fund kids and other high-wage earners.

A GofundMe page has raised over $42,000 for the family. Additionally, a $15,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the gunman.
 

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Jay Z's nephew Nahziah Carter will pursue a pro basketball career following his suspension from the Washington Huskies men's basketball team after two students accused him of rape.

"I don't take these allegations lightly," Huskies men's coach Mike Hopkins said after speaking with his star athlete last Wednesday.

Carter was accused of sexual misconduct by two students, but he was suspended only after the 2nd student came forward. He was never charged.

The two students reported Carter to UW's Title IX office in early October. On Oct. 15, the Huskies announced Carter was suspended form all team activities for violating the school's intercollegiate athletics student code.

At the time, Hopkins said: "Hopefully he can come back. If not, it will be a huge loss for us."

After two unsuccessful appeals, Carter's suspension was finalized on December 2. Two days later, he announced he was leaving school to pursue a professional basketball career, according to the Seattle Times.

"It wouldn't be appropriate for me or somebody in my position to be talking about an university issue," Hopkins said. "There is a process and we had to let the process play out."

He continued: "As the leader of this program, I hold myself and our student-athletes to the highest standards on and off the court, and we hold ourselves to those standards. For that reason, Naz is no longer a part of this program."

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Rap mogul Jay Z, 51, was a father figure to his sister's sons. He often rapped about them in his songs. His nephew, Colleek D. Luckie, died in a car accident while driving a Chrysler 300, a graduation present from Jay Z. The aging rapper blamed himself for his nephew's death.

In his track "Sweet," Jay Z raps:

"And still there's pain/ If I would have grew up to be a doctor, my nephew would have grew up to do the same/ But since I grew up through the game, and my influence is the same/ And my therapy is music, they ask if you ashamed."

Carter, a 6-foot-6 senior guard who averaged 12.2 points and 4.9 rebounds last season, is expected to play overseas in Australia.

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Gucci Mane's artist Ralo is heading back to jail after a judge revoked his bond for using an Apple Watch to arrange drug deals while behind bars.

Ralo, real name Terrell Davis, was arrested in 2018 and charged with illegal possession of a firearm and intent to distribute marijuana with a street value of $1 million.

A judge denied Ralo's bond in 2018 when the feds presented evidence that he was still running his drug empire from his prison cell, according to 11 Alive News.

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In July, Ralo was granted $250,000 bond, but a judge revoked his bond after the government presented evidence that he used an Apple watch to arrange drug deals from his jail cell.

According to the affidavit, Ralo and his co-conspirators continued to engage in illegal drug activity while he was incarcerated at Dayton Detention Center in April 2019.

The evidence shows Ralo "refused to abide the conditions of his confinement by obtaining and possessing the contraband watch."

The court noted that Ralo communicated with Antoinette Potts, the mother of his three children, to further his drug activity while behind bars.

Law officials obtained two handwritten documents seized from a purse that belongs to Potts. The notes explained in code where to locate "certain assets (including money), directed her how to spend or collect money, and instructed her as to the distribution of controlled substances."

One note told Potts to "save up every dollar you receive from grandma" and "keep count of all the kids at dad house an grandma house so you can know how much you got at all times (sic)."

The notes suggest the use of the code word "kids" as well as "cups," "half," "grams," "8 balls" and "all." There was also a list of prices under the name "kidz."

Ralo signed to Gucci Mane's 1017 record imprint and his own Famerica Records. His single, "Can't Lie" featuring rapper Future, was released in 2015.

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The NYPD fugitive squad tracked down a former boxer who fled to the Middle East after he allegedly murdered his daughter.

Kabary Salem was indicted in the murder of his daughter, Ola Salem, 25, on Nov. 5, law enforcement sources told The NY Post.

Ola Salem's body was discovered by a jogger in Bloomingdale Park in October 2019. The body had been dragged through the woods, then covered with leaves.

Ola Salem worked as an advocate for Muslim women who were victims of domestic violence.

The NYPD's Regional Fugitive Task Force tracked Salem all the way to the Middle East. He was arrested and brought back to New York on Friday, the Post reported.

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Salem, 52, is a former professional middleweight boxer from Egypt who fought in the U.S. in the 1990s through early 2000s.

He is notorious for killing one opponent by repeatedly head-butting him in the ring in Sept. 2000. Boxer Randi Carver collapsed after being knocked out in the 10th round, and never regained consciousness.

He died two days later. Salem was not charged in connection with Carver's death.

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A former U.S. postal service employee plead guilty to stealing gift cards and cash from U.S. mail letters.

Markeyta McAllister, 30, pleaded guilty on Dec. 17 to Obstruction of United States Mail for stealing thousands of dollars in cash and gift cards between July 7, 2014 to December 3, 2019.

"While most U.S. Postal Service employees serve Americans with integrity and honesty – McAllister did not," said U.S. Attorney Byung J. 'BJay' Pak. "By opening peoples' mail to steal money and gift cards, McAllister betrayed both the citizens she supposedly served and the reputation of her fellow employees."

Pak says McAllister, of Jefferson, Georgia, opened mailed letters to steal prepaid Visa gift cards and cash from letters addressed to residents in Duluth, Georgia, where she worked at a U.S. mail facility.

McAllister later used the stolen gift cards at stores such as Kroger and Walmart.

After pleading guilty, McAllister confirmed that she "fully underst[ood] that it is a crime, punishable by fine or imprisonment, or both, to knowingly or willfully obstruct or delay the mail, or to steal or attempt to steal mail of any kind."

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A Black family in a Dallas suburb want answers after their two cars were set ablaze and vandals spray painted "Trump 20" on their garage door.

The family believes the vandals struck because of a Black Lives Matter sign in front of their home.

"It's definitely a hate crime," Jayla Gipson, 36, told NBC News. She said that her 21-year-old son initially smelled smoke from the burning cars around midnight on Wednesday. "'Trump 2020' was sprayed on our garage, our 'Black Lives Matter' sign was spray-painted, and our cars were engulfed in flames."

"Had that sign not been in my yard, I don't think this would have ever been an incident for us," she said.

Gipson told reporters, "My life does matter, and regardless of how anyone feels or what their beliefs or opinions is — it's something that I'm voicing to the universe. Black Lives Matter."

An investigation is underway, but police have no suspects. The vandalism is not considered a police priority because it's a property crime. And similar hate crimes were determined to be hoaxes committed by the 'victims' themselves.

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Shocking video shows a brutal assault on a woman in a shopping center in upscale Buckhead, a suburb north of Atlanta.

The video, originally published by @atlscoop on Instagram, shows a person attempting to snatch a woman's purse after knocking her to the ground.

The incident occurred on Dec. 13 outside the Old Navy Store in the Buckhead Station shopping center across the street from Lenox Square Mall, where there have been at least seven shootings in the past year.

The person approached the woman, knocked her to the ground and tried to snatch her purse. But she held onto her purse with a tight grip as the person dragged her across the parking lot.

Several bystanders rushed over to assist the woman, as the thief rifled through her purse before fleeing the scene on foot.

Comments under the video ripped Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for the escalating crime spree that has rocked Atlanta and its surrounding suburbs.

One IG user wrote: "Talk to Mayor Bottoms, Atlanta crime is out of control!!!"

Another user wrote: "Thanks to our cop hating race bating Mayor of Atlanta for allowing our city to turn to sh*t. Come back from your other home in Martha’s Vineyard and fix our city now."

And a third wrote: "Actor Josh Groban had his car broken into there in broad daylight!?"

Channel 2 Action News anchor Jovita Moore suggested the seven shootings at Lenox Mall were committed by opportunistic criminals who migrated to Atlanta from locked down states because the Peach city is wide open during the Corona outbreak.

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A popular Instagram model is in police custody after she stabbed her mother and cut out her beating heart, while she was still alive.

Anna Leikovic, a 21-year-old medical student, allegedly stabbed her mother, Praskovya Leikovic, 40, with a knife and cut out her heart, while Praskovya was reportedly still alive. She then cut out her mother's lungs, and intestines.

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After mutilating Praskovya (left), Leikovic (right) calmly showered and went out on a date with her boyfriend.

"She stabbed her mother with a knife and then cut out the heart of a living woman," a police source said, according to DailyMail.com.

"It is hard to believe but she cut out the heart in the most literal sense of the word."

Following her arrest, Leikovic appeared in court wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and a silver face mask.

She was filmed lying down on a bench while grooming her nails in the courtroom.

When asked by a journalist whether she had killed and mutilated her mother, Leikovic laughed and replied: "Goodbye."

An uncle told a reporter her mother returned home from working in Germany and believed her daughter was strung out on drugs.

He said Praskovya arranged for Leikovic to enter a drug rehab facility. He couldn't believe that his niece stabbed his sister to death.

"It took two hours for the police to tell me Anna is the main suspect. I could not even imagine this," he told a reporter.

Leikovic's nearly 13,000 Instagram followers were stunned by the news. Many continue to leave words of sorrow and anger under her photos.
 

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A Georgia woman has been charged in the brutal beating death of a 2-year-old girl she was babysitting.

Sandy Springs police say Kirstie Hannah Flood, 29, beat little Fallon Fridley to death in the Sandy Springs apartment the toddler shared with her mother, Kristin Fridley Gantt.

Flood was arrested two days after Fallon was found unresponsive in the apartment.

Gantt, an employee at Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters, told Channel 2 Action News the babysitter called her at work, crying hysterically, and told her the toddler fell and hit her head on playground equipment.

Fallon was rushed to a Children's Healthcare of Atlanta location, where she was pronounced dead, according to police.

Doctors told police the child's injuries were inconsistent with Flood's story.

The coroner's report revealed a massive skull fracture and lacerations to Fallon's liver, spleen and colon. The autopsy showed the girl "suffered severe injuries that resulted in her death during her care by the suspect," Sandy Springs police said Tuesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Flood had been Fallon's babysitter since August, and she was a family friend for years. Gantt couldn't comprehend that Flood was capable of such brutality.

Apparently, Flood was also unaware of the murderous rage that lurked inside her.

Police obtained a search warrant for her Flood's phone and found internet searches for "what does it mean to have a sudden urge to beat a child that's not yours," and "what type of people enjoy abusing other people's children" according to the warrant.

Flood, who is from Smyrna, was arrested five times before her 21st birthday, according to Cobb County records obtained by the AJC. The charges ranged from battery to alcohol use and drug possession.

Flood is being held in the Fulton County Jail without bond.

A GoFundMe page created for funeral expenses raised nearly $32,000 as of Tuesday, Dec. 15.