A boy was killed and two others were severely wounded early Tuesday morning by a group of pit bulls as they walked to their school’s bus stop in southwest Atlanta, police said. Logan Braatz, 6, was killed, Syari Sanders, 5, and an unidentified child was seriously injured after three dogs attack them at around 7: 30 a.m., on their way to a bus stop in the 1200 block of Gideons Drive.

Atlanta Public Schools official said the children attended F.L. Stanton Elementary School. After the vicious attack, leaving all three mauled, they were then taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Braatz was later transferred to Grady Memorial Hospital’s trauma unit, where he was pronounced dead, while Sanders underwent surgery at Egleston, Atlanta Public Schools spokeswoman Kimberly Willis Green said.

“Her face was totally dismembered,” neighbor Angie Smith said of Sanders, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The third child was treated and released from a hospital, police said

“We’re still trying to evaluate to figure out what really happened,” Atlanta police Sgt. Warren Pickard told the AJC.

Pickard said the dogs --- a pit bull mix, a border collie and the breed of the other is unknown --- were later taken into custody by Fulton County Animal Control.  One of the dogs was shot by officers as it was trying to get away. It was later captured, police said.

Cameron Tucker, the owner of the dogs, was arrested and charged with two misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct. Tucker's first court appearance was scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday. 

“Any additional charges will be determined by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office,” Pickard said.

Braatz's uncle, Andy Brasley, told local media that the 6-year-old “was everything anyone would want in a child.” “He meant and still means the world to every single person he's ever touched in his life,” Brasley said, “because all he ever wanted was to make a friend.”

In 2015, pit bulls contributed to 82 percent of the total recorded deaths by dog, the highest fatality count on record for the breed, according to Dogsbite.