NEIGHBORS REACT | 'I don't even feel comfortable with my kids going to the corner store'

NEIGHBORS REACT | 'I don't even feel comfortable with my kids going to the corner store'

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - The shooting that has a 7-year-old little girl fighting for her life unfolded during daylight hours near what can be a very busy street in southwest Baltimore. Police are asking anyone who saw something to say something.

The shooting stunned the neighborhood where it happened. Taylor was critically wounded as she sat in the backseat of a car.

Junie Smith, a father of five children, says he and his family were inside their home when he heard gunfire. It’s a family now on edge after a shooting so close to home.

“I don’t even feel comfortable with my kids going to the corner store anymore,“ said Smith. “You should be able to go to the store; i’s no more than 25 feet away. I don’t trust my kids outside this yard anymore."

Police are investigating two crime scenes. They say just before 2:30 on Thursday afternoon, someone shot the car on Lyndhurst Street. Then the car stopped at Edmondson and Loudon Avenues, near Smith’s home.

Investigators say Taylor was sitting in the rear passenger seat when that bullet struck her. Someone ran to a police officer, who was just a block away, to get help.

“There was a private medic coming up Edmondson Avenue and the officer was able to get the attention of the private medic who came over and immediately began rendering life saving efforts and transported her down to Shock Trauma,” said Chief T.J. Smith, spokesman for Baltimore City Police Department.

“I pray for her family to be strong through this. Because it’s not an easy situation,” said Junie Smith.

Police say they are not sure whether the car was targeted. They’re busy with the investigation, trying to figure out exactly what happened.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call police or Metro Crime Stoppers. The number is 1-866-7LOCKUP. Remember you can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

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