A 7-year-old girl who was shot while her family drove by Phipps Plaza in Buckhead has died.

The girl, identified as Kennedy Maxie of Mableton, died Dec. 26 after being shot in the head during a Dec. 21 shopping trip with her mother and aunt. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office notified the Atlanta Police Department of her death, said Officer Steve Avery, a police spokesman.

According to a preliminary news release, Dec. 21 at about 9 p.m., officers responded to a 911 call from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite in Sandy Springs about a child being shot. At the hospital, investigators spoke to the victim’s aunt, who said she was driving the girl and her mother by Phipps Plaza mall, located at 3500 Peachtree Road, when she heard several gunshots. The police later identified the girl as Maxie.

“The aunt continued to drive and a short time later noticed that the victim was acting strangely,” the release stated. “The aunt realized the child had been shot and drove to the hospital, where the victim was taken into surgery in critical condition.”

At a Dec. 22 news conference addressing the incident, interim Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant called it “a senseless shooting” and said it “derived from individuals unable to resolve a situation civilly.”

Lt. Pete Malecki, the police’s homicide commander, said the police are still gathering information on the case.

“We do know there was a dispute involving multiple males in the parking lot of Saks Fifth Avenue. What we don’t know yet (is) if (it) led to the shooting,” he said.

The police are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of one or more suspects.

Anyone with information on the incident and any possible suspects is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta by calling or texting 404-577-8477 or visiting atlantapolicefoundation.org/programs/crime-stoppers. Individuals do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward.

A gofundme.com fundraiser for Maxie and her family was started Dec. 23 and has already collected $58,037 as of Dec. 28, more than double its goal. To donate, visit http://bit.ly/3aTub87.

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