Baby Shot in Drive-by Shooting

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1-year-old Malaja Miracle Grant

I keep seeing and hearing about “Cultural Inequalities”, yet when it comes to REAL-TIME INJUSTICE, this is just another brick in the wall of NO SHOWS for some who seek to obscure the real issues in Our Country with their own agenda of racism.

I saw this story in the newspaper about a 1-year-old Girl, and I couldn’t believe although this Child was on this earth just 1 year, that she would be treated more like a number than a human being.  This Child had a name and I was going to know her name.

Seattle Hospital: Baby Shot in Drive-by Shooting Has Died
Sunday April 19, 2015 11:34am central time

A 1-year-old girl who was shot in the head in a drive-by shooting outside Seattle has died.

A spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center says the girl was brain dead and care was withdrawn Saturday night.

Police say the baby was shot in the head Thursday afternoon while sitting in a car seat in the back of a silver Chevrolet Impala at an intersection in Kent, Washington. Her parents were in the front seat when police say a black car pulled alongside, and the driver and a passenger in that vehicle opened fire before driving off.

Authorities have said they don’t believe the shooting was random.

Baby shot in the head in Kent drive-by shooting
Friday April 17, 2015 8:16am central time

KENT, Wash. — Police continue to search for suspects after a one-year-old baby was shot in the head in a drive-by shooting in Kent Thursday.

The baby remains in ‘very critical’ condition, according to a spokesperson for Harborview Medical Center.

Kent Police Department spokesperson Melanie Robinson said the baby’s injuries are life-threatening.

“With information we have, this appears to be a random act,” said Robinson. “From what we gathered from witnesses and people we spoke to, this appears to be a road rage incident that turned bad.”

The drive-by shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of S. 248th Street and Lake Fenwick Road near the Lake Fenwick Estates apartment complex.

Witnesses describe seeing two male suspects in a black car. Police say those two suspects opened fire on another vehicle, “which had mom, dad and baby in the back seat,” said Robinson.

Robinson said the gunfire struck the baby, who was taken to Harborview Medical Center. While police reported the child had died, they later rescinded the statement and said the child was still alive.

While police search for the suspects, they have no more information about the suspects or their vehicle.

Meanwhile, police have blocked off the area in Kent while they conduct their investigation.


Relatives say 1-year-old victim of drive-by shooting brain dead
Friday April 17, 2015 10:13pm central time

Kent police no longer believe Thursday’s drive-by shooting that left an infant in critical condition was a case of road rage.

“Although preliminary information indicated road rage, new information gathered doesn’t show that as the true cause,” Kent police spokesman Cmdr. Jarod Kasner said Friday.

Kasner stopped short of saying the car the baby was in had been targeted, and police have not indicated a possible motive for the shooting.

On Friday, 1-year-old Malaja Miracle Grant remained in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Relatives told KING-TV that Malaja had a strong heartbeat but had been declared brain dead.

“Miracle’s her middle name because she’s a miracle,” said Precious Grant, who identified herself as the toddler’s aunt. “Heart beating strong because she’s a fighter,” she told the television station. “She’s a soldier, and she’s made it through so much. That’s why she’s a miracle baby.”

According to police, the baby was in a car seat in the back of a silver Chevrolet Impala and her parents were in the front when someone opened fire on the vehicle around 4:30 p.m. Thursday near Lake Fenwick Road and Reith Road.

A black car pulled up alongside the silver car near the Lake Fenwick Estates apartments and both the driver and passenger in the black vehicle opened fire, then drove off, police said.

While police have not indicated they believe the shooting was gang-related, they did say they believe it will likely turn out that the parties involved had connections to each other.

“Having your purse or mail stolen can be random. Those are crimes of opportunity,” said Kasner. “But as you go up the scale toward the more serious crimes, like homicide, it’s typically not random.”