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Baby Shot In Head During Early Morning Shooting

By John Elizondo and Christine McCarthy

WACO - A baby is in critical condition after being shot in the head early Wednesday morning. 

Waco Police responded to a home at 1609 N. 18th St. around 1:40 a.m. Officers found the mother of the child standing in the front yard holding her seven-month-old baby wrapped in a towel. 

Police decided not to wait for an ambulance and rushed him in their cruiser to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. A medical helicopter later airlifted him from Hillcrest to Scott and White Hospital in Temple, where he underwent surgery. Police say he is now stable on a ventilator, but still very critical.

Police say the unknown shooter or shooters specifically targeted the house, firing several shots while all six family members were asleep. Witnesses said they were awaken by gunfire and then discovered the baby had been shot. No one saw reported seeing a shooter or hearing a vehicle speed away from the house.

In the house with the infant were his mother and father, two other children and his 38-year-old uncle, Craig Mays. Mays suffered minor wounds to his arm, most likely from shrapnel or a piece of the door that was pierced by a bullet. Mays was taken to Hillcrest, where he was treated for injuries and released.

"A seven-month-old has a gunshot wound to the head because of the senseless act of a coward shooting into a home," said Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton. "We also know that there were two other children and a woman inside that home as well. I think that speaks volume to the character of the suspect."

Investigators have very little information so far. No witnesses have come forward, and the family told police they don't know anyone who would want to hurt them.

Meanwhile, many neighbors in an area full of children are shaken. Along with police, the community is hoping for an arrest.

"I have grandchildren, and God knows I wouldn't want anything to happen to my grandbabies," said neighbor Janice Harris, who heard the gunshots while she was in bed. "This little baby is suffering, and justice should prevail."

Sgt. Swanton urged anyone with information about the shooting to call police, or provide an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at (254) 753-HELP.

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