A tragic incident took place on Friday when an 8-year-old Mikayla Pickett was shot in the head with a bullet.
She was attending a birthday party which 62-year-old Willie Walker organized for his grandson in their backyard in Akron, Ohio. As the guests were having fun celebrating, the party was interrupted by four people, still not identified, who started shooting with guns for no reason.
Mikayla was rushed to the Akron Children’s Hospital where she passed away.
Mikayla Pickett died at Akron General Hospital after medics rushed her from a home in the city’s Sherbondy Hill neighborhood, according to police. https://t.co/ypIM4g2Wfr
— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) August 15, 2020
Speaking of the tragedy, Walker told Beacon Journal, “All hell broke out. I don’t know what the hell happened.”
One of the neighbors, who didn’t want her name to be revealed, said she heard the gunshots and only after she felt it was safe, she looked out of the window expecting bodies on the ground. Windows from some of the neighboring houses were damaged. She added how she found multiple shell casings in her driveway the previous week and said how this wasn’t the first time for shootings like this to take place in the neighborhood.
“I don’t think it was purposely intended for my child. I think it was just these kids with these guns just running wild in the community with guns.”
Mikayla Pickett is the fourth child killed by gunfire in Akron since June.https://t.co/TVjCeMIYBK@WEWS pic.twitter.com/SBz1QZ0DUO
— Emily Hamilton (@emilyhamiltontv) August 17, 2020
From the beginning of 2020, this is 31st murder that police is investigating. They are urging people to come forward with any information that would help them identify and track Mikayla’s killers down. Call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2Tip or call the Summit County Crime Stoppers at 330-434-COPS. Text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637.
Rest in peace sweet girl.