Police say two people in Kent opened fire from a vehicle and shot a baby girl in the head as she sat in her car seat. Police no longer think the shooting was sparked by road rage.
A 1-year-old girl was shot in the head Thursday afternoon in a drive-by shooting near an apartment complex in Kent.
A nursing supervisor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle said the baby was in critical condition Friday morning.
Kent police spokeswoman Melanie Robinson said the baby was in the back seat and her parents were in the front about 4:30 p.m. when the car, a silver Chevrolet Impala, was hit at the intersection of Lake Fenwick Road and Reith Road.
Police said a black car pulled alongside the silver car near the Lake Fenwick Estates apartments and both the driver and passenger in the black vehicle opened fire, then drove off.
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Police spokesman Cmd. Jarod Kasner said Friday morning police no longer think the shooting was sparked by road rage.
“Although preliminary information indicated road rage, new information gathered doesn’t show that as the true cause,” he said.
The baby girl was hit as she sat in her car seat.
Latoya Bynum, who has lived at the Lake Fenwick Estates for a year, called the apartment complex near where the shooting occurred a “safe, quiet area, where people go to work, come home and take care of their kids.”
“Who would do something like this?” Bynum asked as she looked at the scene. “That could be anybody’s child. That could be my child.”
During a live broadcast from Harborview Medical Center Thursday evening, a grief-stricken relative of the baby took the microphone from a KIRO-TV reporter.
“We need to stop the Seattle violence,” said the man, who KIRO identified as Uncle Edmond “Mackie.”
“The CD (Central District), south end, whoever, wherever. It’s over,” he said. “We’re trying to be living for our kids. Everybody needs to live for your kids, now. It’s over. You ain’t no gangster because you want to carry a gun. That’s stupid. Live for your kids. Be a PTA parent. Do something.”