By The Associated Press
BALTIMORE (AP) — A 7-year-old Baltimore girl was fighting for her life a day after being shot in the back amid a spray of gunfire, police said Friday.
Acting Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said the youngster remains in critical and unstable condition at a city hospital. The girl, identified as second-grader Taylor Hayes, was shot while in the back seat of a Honda Accord. Another child seated beside her was uninjured.
“Just take the time to think about Taylor and the fact that prior to this happening she was just a normal 7-year-old kid who likes to dance and loves music,” Tuggle told reporters at police headquarters. “Now she’s fighting for her life. It’s truly a tragedy.”
The interim police commissioner said investigators are still trying to piece together what happened. They suspect the Thursday violence on a Southwest Baltimore roadway was targeted. Numerous shots were fired from at least two different guns.
A woman behind the wheel of the Honda Accord where the child was critically wounded has been charged with possession of drugs and a .40-caliber pistol. The handgun had an extended magazine, according to police.
The woman, identified as 33-year-old Darnell Holmes, has not been charged in the shooting of Taylor. She’s not cooperating with investigators, police say.
“We do not know if she was the target,” Tuggle said of the arrested woman, who is related to the uninjured child.
Police are asking the public for assistance solving the case and finding the shooter or shooters. They are looking for a white car that apparently fled the scene.
A GoFundMe set up on behalf of Hayes was established July 5 at https://www.gofundme.com/hopes-for-taylor