A 1-year-old child who was shot in the leg and a 3-year-old in the chest was sent to the hospital after a motorist shot them outside the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Police say that this attack was intentional.
Two small children of the age of 1 and 3 were injured on Thursday, November 29, 2018, when the perpetrator in a Nissan sedan fired multiple shots at them. The two children were in a grey Honda with their mother. The 1-year-old was shot in the leg and the 3-year-old was shot in the chest. Their mother rushed them into the medical center where hours later, were reported to be in stable conditions.
According to KLFY, when the shots were fired, UMMC immediately sent an active shooter text alert that said: “there was an active shooter at Parking Garage B. This is not a drill.”
The suspect fled in a black Nissan sedan that had a Cannon Motors paper tag and is still on the loose, the chief said on Thursday evening. The mother told authorities that she did not know who the shooter was, and Police Chief Davis said he is not discounting domestic dispute as a reason.
Davis also said to Mississippi Clarion-Ledger that the police “saturated this area” when they got the call, labeling the shooting as “senseless.” He also reassured everyone that officers were working hard to obtain surveillance footage from UMMC for any possible details about how the shooting transpired and where the shooter might have fled to.
U.S. marshals and the FBI also responded to the scene and are assisting in this investigation.
Authorities closed down State Street for over an hour so detectives could collect shell casings and other evidence from the crime scene.
Governor Phil Bryant also issued a statement to this shooting on twitter. “We are thankful there was no active shooter situation at UMMC. Now, the investigation begins to find who committed this terrible crime. Please pray for the young children that were injured,”
An investigative reporter for WAPT asks a relative of the victims about the incident.
“It’s a terrible experience for a family to have to go through and hopefully someone has seen something and come forward with information.” She said. “People can be very terrible and do some crazy things, I mean who would shoot at children?”
There is currently a statewide search for the suspect and Police Chief Davis is also asking anyone with information about the suspect or vehicle to call (601) 960-1234.