In July, a 7-year-old girl was fatally shot while sitting in the backseat of a car in southwest Baltimore. Four months later, her younger sister barely escaped the same fate. The girl, identified as 5-year-old Amy Hayes, was on the 1000 block of McKean Avenue in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood around 6:20pm Monday when she was caught in a shooting between suspects on foot and in a vehicle, report Fox Baltimore and the Baltimore Sun. Struck by a bullet in the groin, the girl fell in the street, dropping her doll and some money—she was reportedly headed for the corner store—before a neighbor took her to a nearby hospital. She's expected to survive after undergoing surgery.
"Only a pure coward would shoot a baby and leave her in the street," Councilman Brandon Scott says in a tweet, calling for information. It's a horrifying echo of comments he made in the wake of Taylor Hayes' death. After the second-grader died July 19, two weeks after she was shot in the back, Scott blasted a "code of silence" protecting criminals, per the Sun. "A real person would step up and say, 'This is who did it,'" he said. While a 29-year-old man was eventually charged with first-degree murder, a new search begins for the latest shooter. Meanwhile, a Fox Baltimore photojournalist took note of a sign in a window immediately opposite Monday's crime scene. "WE MUST STOP KILLING EACH OTHER," it read. (Read more Baltimore stories.)