WASHINGTON – The man with the gun burst into the apartment and opened fire. The first victim was a young woman, dead at 21. The second victim was her 25-year-old roommate. But it was the third victim who would cause the most anguished screams when the bodies were discovered. Shot in the head, he was a 6-month-old boy.
The killing of Carlton Stringer Jr. was the first of nearly a hundred such killings of young children in 2012, a year that would include the deaths of 20 students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.