COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The heartbroken family of a College Park mother who was killed in a police shooting in Virginia says the shooting wasn’t justified.
India Kager was caught in the crossfire during a shootout between Virginia Beach police officers and a suspect they were monitoring. The car Kager was riding in was riddled with 30 bullet holes. Her 4-month-old son was in the back seat the entire time. He was not hurt.
“Why didn't they wait until she exited the car? That's the question. She could have been in safety. If they were surveilling her, why didn’t they wait and just wait until the baby and India were safe, away from whatever they were planning to do?” said mother Gina Best.
Kager’s mother says the 27-year-old went to art school, served in the Navy and worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Now, the family’s world is torn apart because Kager leaves behind two young children.
“They took her life. They gave her no chance. She did not have an opportunity. We’re totally devastated,” Best said.
According to the Virginia Beach Police Department, officers were after 35-year-old Angelo Perry, who was allegedly the suspect in a murder investigation. He had a long criminal history, and police believe he was about to commit a crime when they approached his car.
Police say Perry shot at officers first, and they returned fire. Kager was not the intended target, but she was in the front seat of Perry’s car. Her family questions whether her death was justified.
“There’s no excuse for police firing a volley of 30 rounds of indiscriminate gunfire, and my sister was hit multiple times,” said Brandon Bailey, the victim’s brother.
The four Virginia Beach police officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues, which is routine.