Stray Bullet Kills 4-year-old Boy at Church

| January 2, 2010

ATLANTA – A stray bullet killed a 4-year-old child early Friday while he was sitting in a Decatur church with his family.

The pastor of the Church of God of Prophecy said they were between late night Thursday services when the shooting occurred. Marquel Peters and his family were sitting in a smaller sanctuary with about 150 other people.

Some of the people at the church reported hearing a popping sound and debris started falling from the ceiling. The boy was struck in the head by the stray bullet, said DeKalb police.

The mother of the 4-year-old Marquel Peters held the victim in her arms until paramedics arrived. The boy was rushed to an area hospital where he later died.

DeKalb police said they do not know where the shot came from.

If anyone has any information on the shooting they are urged to call police.

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