A 1-year-old girl who was shot in the head while with her parents in a car in Kent remained in critical condition, Friday. Relatives said she was alive, but brain dead. Police say the shooting was not likely connected to road rage.

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Kent police no longer believe Thursday’s drive-by shooting that left an infant in critical condition was a case of road rage.

“Although preliminary information indicated road rage, new information gathered doesn’t show that as the true cause,” Kent police spokesman Cmdr. Jarod Kasner said Friday.

Kasner stopped short of saying the car the baby was in had been targeted, and police have not indicated a possible motive for the shooting.

On Friday, 1-year-old Malaja Miracle Grant remained in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Relatives told KING-TV that Malaja had a strong heartbeat but had been declared brain dead.

“Miracle’s her middle name because she’s a miracle,” said Precious Grant, who identified herself as the toddler’s aunt. “Heart beating strong because she’s a fighter,” she told the television station. “She’s a soldier, and she’s made it through so much. That’s why she’s a miracle baby.”

According to police, the baby was in a car seat in the back of a silver Chevrolet Impala and her parents were in the front when someone opened fire on the vehicle around 4:30 p.m. Thursday near Lake Fenwick Road and Reith Road.

A black car pulled up 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, police said.

While police have not indicated they believe the shooting was gang-related, they did say they believe it will likely turn out that the parties involved had connections to each other.

“Having your purse or mail stolen can be random. Those are crimes of opportunity,” said Kasner. “But as you go up the scale toward the more serious crimes, like homicide, it’s typically not random.”