7-YEAR-OLD SHOT | Call for Taylor's killer intensifies

7-YEAR-OLD SHOT | Call for Taylor's killer intensifies

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Finding who shot and killed 7-year-old Taylor Hayes is the main focus for Baltimore city police detectives. Police say they hope to have an update on the investigation sometime Friday. But Thursday night, we took a closer look at the investigation process.

Caprice Smith is a former Baltimore police detective who retired four years ago, after spending 20 years on the force. She has an inside look at what investigators might be thinking now and the burning questions they might have as the search for Taylor’s killer intensifies - “where are the witnesses, is there any evidence that we missed,“ said Smith.

The shooting happened two weeks ago in southwest Baltimore. Still, no arrest.

“The thing to remember is, it’s not a rush to get the guy because that’s when you make mistakes,“ said Smith. “You almost, as an investigator, have to slow yourself down and you have to take those very intricate baby steps and be very careful about how you do everything."

Police are telling people to be on the lookout for a white Mercedes, the only clue investigators have released.

“It doesn’t mean that all the evidence they have. It could mean that’s all they can share without jeopardizing the integrity of the case,“ said Smith.

Police are telling people to be on the lookout for a white Mercedes, the only clue investigators have released.

“It doesn’t mean that’s all [the evidence] they have. It could mean that’s all they can share without jeopardizing the integrity of the case,“ said Smith.

Police are pleading with witnesses to come forward. It’s a call to action, despite a community culture to keep silent. Smith is talking about how investigators deal with witnesses who don’t speak out.

“We rely on that strong few that will come forth. Before a tip comes to an investigator, it’s been circling around in the community probably for days or hours. And it takes one person that has the courage to make that call, and we go to work,“ said Smith.

Police are offering a $4,000 reward in this case. If you have any information you can call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP and remember you can remain anonymous.

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