Terrifying video footage captures the moment a one-year-old girl was shot dead in her mother’s arms over the weekend in gun-ridden Philadelphia.
The baby pulled a bullet in the leg during a drive-by shootout at a deli at around 8 p.m. Saturday in West Philly, they said.
“It’s not OK. That’s not okay at all, “Philadelphia deputy police commissioner Joel Dales raged over the crime to CBS subsidiary KYW-TV – which even brought District Attorney of the City of Brotherly Love, Larry Krasner, close to tears at a press conference .
The surveillance footage obtained from ABC subsidiary WPVI-TV shows bullets flying through the bodega’s door and apparently aimed at a 26-year-old man inside, police officers said.
Panicked customers and store workers disperse as an intended target and another man in the store returns fire, according to authorities and the video.
The child is shot in the chaos – and her mother then walks around stunned and dazed, cradles her bleeding baby and seeks help, as the footage shows.
The baby was hospitalized in stable condition, as was the 26-year-old man who was nailed in the arm, KYW said. He was in custody, added the broadcaster.
The police are still looking for the white jeep in which the shooter is who shot “indiscriminately” into the bodega, Dales said, according to the outlet.
“This shows that there are a lot of guns on the street and there are people who are not afraid to use those guns and they don’t care who is around when they use those guns,” Dales said.
Krasner seemed to be suppressing tears at a press conference about the crime when he remarked, “A child of about 1 year old was shot once.”
The baby is among at least 123 children shot in the city so far this year – including 21 who died – when Philly battles a gun scourge, WPVI said.
The owner of the bodega where the shooting took place on Saturday told the point of sale, “On the day that happened, that night, I couldn’t even sleep because my mind was still hearing that voice, that crying of that moment.”
When asked if his shop is still open, the man grimaced and nodded. “I have to.”