Deadly shooting in Georgia linked to abduction of 1-year-old boy, officials said

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Source: Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Nov. 15 2021, Published 3:20 p.m. ET

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Police have arrested a second suspect in connection to a deadly shooting, which police believe might be linked to the abduction of a 1-year-old boy late last week.

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Santana Miller, 34, faces malice murder charges in the death of Aziz Hassan, 60, FOX 5 reported. Delarius Miller, 38, was arrested and charged with murder on Nov. 12, according to FOX 5.

DeKalb County, Georgia, police said investigators believe the motive for the shooting is related to the kidnapping of 1-year-old Blaise Barnett, FOX 5 reported.

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Officers said they were called to the Brannon Hill apartments in the Atlanta area shortly after midnight Nov. 11 and found Hassan shot to death, according to FOX 5.

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Investigators initially said Hassan and Miller exchanged gunfire, FOX 5 reported.

More than 37 hours after being abducted from in front of his Clarkston apartment, the missing boy was found at a home on Rogers Street, according to FOX 5.

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Police say the 1-year-old boy was taken while sleeping in his family SUV at his apartment complex in the 1000 block of Montreal Road, FOX 5 reported.

Family members told police they were putting groceries away just after 1 a.m. and returned to find their 2002 Ford Explorer was gone, according to FOX 5.

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The SUV was found at around 10 a.m. at the Dennon Hills Condominiums in DeKalb County, about two miles away from the family’s apartment, but there was no sign of the child or his car seat, FOX 5 reported.

Around 2:30 p.m. the next day, the child was found in a family SUV in front of a home along Rogers Street in Clarkston, Georgia, by a woman who was going to run errands, according to FOX 5.

Police have not elaborated on the motive of the shooting, but police said there is no evidence that Hassan was involved in the kidnapping, FOX 5 reported.

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