A 1-year-old girl is fighting for her life after someone shot into an apartment complex on Christmas Day. “She’s fighting hard.” Through sobs, Williams described what happened on Christmas Day outside Maleah’s godparents’ apartment on Trinity Court in Chapel Hill.
Upon arrival officers learned that shots had been fired from a vehicle that was leaving the complex.
At the sound of gunshots, the children scattered and parents panicked to get their kids to safety.
Chief District Court Judge Joseph Buckner also barred suspect Shaquille Oneill Davis him from having any contact with the 1-year-old victim or her family and from possessing a firearm.
A Williams family friend said Davis, who is well-known in the neighborhood, was involved in an argument with another man earlier in the day and that it is believed that the other man was the intended target of the shooting. The child underwent surgery overnight and remains in critical condition at UNC Hospitals. Authorities said he was expected to return to court on Tuesday.
After the shooting, Pam Hemminger, the city’s newly-elected mayor, called for legislative action to reduce gun violence. Our community should be a safe and peaceful place for everyone.
Hemminger also praised the efforts of law enforcement for quickly apprehending the suspect. My thoughts and prayers are with Maleah’s mother and father, her family and neighbors.