Two small children were attacked by a pit bull as they walked to school in Atlanta on Tuesday morning, leaving one of them dead and the other badly injured.
At about 7:30 a.m., three children were walking to school when two dogs ran up to them and attacked, according to WSB-TV 2. The station says only two of the children were mauled by the dogs; Logan Braatz, 6, who died, and Syria Sanders, 5, who is in stable condition.
Shamonte Clayton, a neighbor, said he woke to the sound of screams. “I knew it had to be something serious because this is the time the kids go to school,” he told news station WXIA.
A relative of Syria’s, Tamiko Williams, told CBS 46, “When I got down there, the dog at the time was mauling on my great niece and she wasn’t moving or nothing.”
Williams said she and a few other adults ran to help with sticks and bats in an attempt to drive the dogs away.
“The dogs was still chasing everybody, there was nothing we could do because they kept coming back, kept coming back,” Williams said.
One dog was shot by police, reports WXIA, while the other was taken into custody. Cameron Tucker, the owner of the dogs, was arrested and charged with two counts of reckless conduct, according to online records.
Logan’s grandfather told CBS 46 that he was still processing the death of his grandson.
“It’s been a terrible loss,” Bryant Braatz said. “Very outgoing, he was the kindest soul you’d ever meet. He’d do anything for any other little kid.”