Family mourns death of 3-year-old caught in crossfire of shooting

KNOXVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) —  A family is mourning after a 3-year-old was shot and killed in Greene County on Friday afternoon. Police said the child was hit by the bullet in an apparent crossfire.

On Saturday, less than 24-hours after shots rang out in Knoxville, Baron Road was quiet. Yellow tape and toys are all that’s left after the shooting death of 3-year-old Layton Cochran.

“He was only three years old man, that was just a baby,” said Larry Cochran, Sr., Layton’s grandfather.

“I got 12 now, because they killed Layton, he was the last grand-baby I had,” Cochran said. He was in the front yard as bullets riddled his son’s car ultimately killing the 3-year-old, he recalled Layton taking his last breath, “he got my baby out the car, I said Jr., they done killed my baby, he [Layton] gasped for air one time, he was shot and blood was leaking out of the back of his head.”

In the small Knoxville neighborhood, Layton’s death was all people could talk about Saturday, including his 94-year-old great-grandmother Mary Lee Chambers, “this done really done got me, it hurt me bad.”

“Everybody loved him, Chris was so devoted to him everyday, he would swing him up there and say let me see how many push ups you can do, and he’d get up there and say try one more and he’d do it every time,” said Chambers. “He lost his life and I’m going to miss him so much.”

Police have three suspects in custody and are looking for 3-year old Layton’s father to provide a statement for their investigation.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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