An 11-month-old baby girl is in critical condition in the hospital after a shot hit her in the face in the Bronx Wednesday night.
Eleven-month-old baby shot in the face while sitting in a car with her mother in New York City
The girl, who will turn one year old on Friday, was shot while sitting in a parked car with her mother in the Bedford Park neighborhood at 6:45 p.m. (local time) when a gunman burst around a corner and opened fire while chasing another man.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams made a moving vow to curb rising gun violence in the city when he visited the scene of Wednesday night’s shooting.
“I don’t care if it’s a police officer shot or a baby shot, I will stay on these streets until this city is safe,” he assured.
Surveillance footage of the shooting shows a gunman dressed in black chasing another at the corner of East 198th and Bainbridge Avenue.
As he rounds the corner, the man fires several close-range shots before turning and fleeing in the same direction he had just come from.
The baby was hit in the left cheek and was rushed to St Barnabas Hospital before being transferred to Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. She was in critical but stable condition Thursday morning.
Adams told a news conference how the girl’s father, who was buying groceries inside a deli at the time of the shooting, cradled her as she bled and waited for the ambulance to arrive.
An image released by the mayor showed a blood-stained pink coat the girl was wearing was lying on the side of the street.
Adams visited the injured baby and her 32-year-old mother, who was unharmed, at the hospital Wednesday night.