Kroger shooting suspect identified by police - KMSP-TV

Kroger shooting suspect identified by police

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Investigators say 21-year-old Chazerel Burton is responsible for shooting a 2-year-old child outside of a Kroger store on Wednesday. Investigators say 21-year-old Chazerel Burton is responsible for shooting a 2-year-old child outside of a Kroger store on Wednesday.
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -

Authorities say they've identified the man they believe is responsible for shooting a 2-year-old child outside of a Kroger store on Wednesday.  Investigators say the man they're looking for is 21-year-old Chazerel Burton. 

Authorities credit tips called into CrimeStoppers with identifying Burton.  They say his family has been cooperative, but the suspect remains on the run.  Police aren't sure what county the suspect has been living in, but they say that he should be considered armed and dangerous.

On Thursday, authorities released photos of the man.  Photos they released were taken from surveillance video from inside the store.

Chief Cedric Alexander said police are desperately looking for the man, who is about 6'0" tall with a slim build.  He's believed to be in his early 20s.  Authorities believe he is still in the metro Atlanta area.

Wednesday's shooting took place in the parking of the Kroger grocery store at Memorial Drive and N. Hairston in Stone Mountain.  Police said a Good Samaritan had confronted a man who had allegedly just robbed a pedestrian.

"A guy came up to another guy and just pulled off his chain and started running," said Shenequa Brammer, an eyewitness at the scene.

Brammer said the man lost sight of the alleged robber, but then saw him again in front of the supermarket.  A confrontation ensued and the alleged robber fired as many as 15 shots into the Good Samaritan's car, striking a 2-year-old child in the abdomen, according to police.

Witnesses said that the toddler was laid out on a check-out counter until the ambulance arrived.  The child was taken to Children's Healthcare at Egleston.  He is listed in stable condition and is doing well.

"There's nothing more precious than the life of a child," Chief Alexander said, adding that they would work day and night to find the suspect. 

Anyone with information on this suspect is asked to call DeKalb County police immediately.

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