“My baby will never be back again,” West said, sobbing. “He took an innocent life. I want his life, too.”
In 2008, West’s 18-year-old son was stabbed to death in an altercation in New Jersey. Prosecutors said the stabbing was self-defense and did not file charges.
In Georgia, police said they are still searching for the gun. No eyewitnesses have come forward.
In the 911 recordings, two callers said they heard gunshots and then saw West take her son out of his stroller, lay him on the ground and try to revive him using CPR.
“Yes, I heard the shots. Somebody shot this child,” said one sobbing caller, who told the operator there were three shots fired. “She’s got him on the ground. Please, we need everything we can get.”
The 911 operators asked the callers if the boy was breathing. Finally, a man in a grave voice, answers: “No, the baby’s not breathing.” He says the child was shot “right between the eyes.”
A woman can be heard screaming in the background just before police arrive. Sirens drowned out her cries.
Elkins’ relatives said Saturday they don’t know if he has an attorney. His older sister, Sabrina Elkins, said police arrested him as he came to her home Friday.
“The police came pointing a Taser at him, telling him to get on the ground,” she said. “He said, ‘What are you getting me for? Can you tell me what I did?’”
The suspect’s sister said he returned to Brunswick a couple of months ago after living in Atlanta for a while. While he wasn’t enrolled in high school, she said, he had been taking classes to earn his GED.
“He couldn’t have done that to a little baby,” Sabrina Elkins said. “My brother has a good heart.”