FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — An 11-month old child died after she was shot by her father Aug. 7 while he barricaded them in their South Forsyth County home, later killing himself.
According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a 911 call around 3:30 p.m. Aug. 7 from a female victim of a domestic dispute on Carleen Way in South Forsyth.
The victim called from a neighbor’s house and said her husband, Salman Ashraf, 34, threatened her and their 11-month-old daughter with a handgun.
Responding deputies reached the suspect by phone and asked him to come outside and talk. The subject agreed at first but never exited the home. Deputies had no further communication with him.
During their brief conversation, the sheriff’s office said nothing threatening was said or implied by the suspect, and no shots were fired at or by any deputies.
For the next three hours, deputies attempted to regain contact with the man through various means as well as through a family member.
With growing concern for the child, the sheriff’s office SWAT team entered the house and heard the sounds of an infant upstairs.
The SWAT team immediately went upstairs to rescue the infant and found the male suspect deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The child was found seriously injured from an apparent gunshot wound as well. A SWAT medic and other deputies immediately began administering aid to the child, who was transported by an ambulance already on scene to a local hospital.
The child was later air lifted to an Atlanta area hospital where she was in critical condition, but later died.
Deputies transported the wife to the hospital to be with her child.
The sheriff’s office Major Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation.