$5,000 reward offered for information on person who killed child in shooting

Milwaukee police have identified the five-year-old girl shot and killed near 58th and Fairmount as Laylah Petersen. Police confirm the shooting occurred around 6:20 p.m. on November 6.

According to police, Petersen was shot and killed while sitting on her grandfather's lap inside a home near 58th and Fairmount on Milwaukee's northwest side. The child was shot in the back of the head. Police say shooters used handguns, and fired 12 shots at the house.

In between tears, prayers and hugs, Laylah's aunt found the courage to deliver this message to the person sprayed this home with bullets. \"We will find you. We are making that our goal. You will suffer like we are suffering right now. We want you in jail.\"

Police Captain Aaron Rapp told reporters he is \"befuddled\" as to the motive of this shooting.

\"In this case, at this point, we believe this bullet read to whom it may concern and that concerns us,\" said Rapp.

No suspects are in custody. Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn was very emotional the night of the shooting when addressing the media. \"Every homicide is bad but the murder of a small child, this wasn't even a shootout between two idiots, this was a targeted shooting at this house for reasons unknown,\" said Police Chief Ed Flynn. \" A child lost her life because reckless wanton behavior of some individuals out there armed with guns.\"

The A.T.F. has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. Anyone with information is urged to call 1-800-ATFGUNS, or 414-935-7360.

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