A 5-year-old girl is recovering from a gunshot wound to the groin, just months after her 7-year-old half sister was shot and killed.
Hey Amy Baby , Taylor Got You , You Most Definitely Going Be Good ? , This Can’t Be Life , My Babies Sister ? #PrayForAmy????????????
The Baltimore Sun reports that Amy Hayes was on her way to a nearby corner store on the evening of November 19, when a shootout began between unidentified suspects in a car and on foot.
Following the shooting, Doretha Carpenter, Amy’s neighbor, came outside to discover her goddaughter had been shot. A neighbor drove Amy to the hospital, where she remains in stable condition.
Amy’s mom, Shanika Robinson posted this in response to backlash she’d been receiving for allowing Amy to walk alone.
(Warning: Language used in this post may be offensive to some.)
It should not be why is kids outside, our kids should have the right to play without the fear of being HIT with a random bullet , I f*cking hate this useless a*s city and these f*cking COWARDS that’s comes with it, I will not keep quiet, our voices needs to be heard, they are killing our babies
Amy is also the half-sister of Taylor Hayes. Taylor was shot in a nearby area while riding in the back seat of a family friend’s car in July. She died two weeks later. The shooter, Keon Gray, 29, was charged with first-degree murder. Her story touched the hearts of many and sparked conversations throughout social media about violence in the city.
Following the news about Amy, City Councilman Brandon Scott, chairman of the public safety committee, took to Twitter to demand the name of her shooter.
Only a pure coward would shoot a baby and leave her in the street! Somebody needs to buck up and tell us who shot this baby.
— Brandon M. Scott (@CouncilPresBMS) November 20, 2018
There have been 241 shooting related homicides in Baltimore City in 2018 alone. In 2016, the city was ranked number four in the most dangerous cities in America list with 318 murders.
Recently spray painted on the corner of McKean an Mosher in West #Baltimore. It is here where her great grandmother says Amy Hayes fell as she was calling to her to come home from the corner store. Her ggma thought she tripped. The 5 y/o Was shot in the groin. @WMAR2News pic.twitter.com/USbNyQjsT5
— Brian Kuebler (@BrianKuebler_) November 20, 2018
As WMAR2 News reports, Interim Commissioner Gary Tuggle spoke on the violence in the city during a press conference on Tuesday.
“We continue to see today’s victims often times become tomorrow’s perpetrator or vice versa, where we see the trigger puller of today become tomorrow’s victim…At the end of the day, we’ve got to do more, not just as a police department, but we have to do more as a community. We’ve become so desensitized to the level of violence in the city that it’s become unacceptable.”
— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) November 20, 2018
The Baltimore City Police Department announced that they will be having a community walk in Amy’s neighborhood Tuesday night, as an effort to engage residents in the department’s violence reduction initiative.