Disturbing video captured the moment a one-year-old girl was struck by a stray bullet during a gunfight at a convenience store in West Philadelphia as the city and others around the US struggle with a surge in crime.
The shooting took place over the weekend inside a convenience store located on the corner of the neighborhood’s 50th Street.
Surveillance video shows the baby girl in her mother’s arms when chaos erupts and shots are fired from outside and inside the store.
The mother, who was at the counter, instinctively wraps her arms around her baby to protect her and runs out of the view of the camera while the shooting continues.
Surveillance footage captures the moment bullets begin to fly at a convenience store with a mother and her one-year-old daughter getting caught up in the violence
The mother of the one-year-old baby injured in the shoot out frantically pleads for help after the gunfire ends
Once the gunfire stops the mother reappears with her injured baby in her arms and frantically pleads for help before exiting the store.
Store owner Majid Choudary told ABC 6 that she is still haunted by what she witnessed.
‘The day when that happened, that night I couldn’t even sleep because my mind was still hearing that voice,’ Choudary said.
The baby is expected to survive her gunshot wound to the leg.
It remains unclear what sparked the shooting or whether any arrests have been made.
On Monday, District Attorney Larry Krasner addressed the shooting and discussed the surge in violence, which is now impacting innocent children.
‘An approximately one-year-old child was shot one time,’ Krasner said. ‘ I think we’re all impacted by the injustice of children suffering wounds.’
ABC 6 found that 123 children have been shot in Philadelphia to date and 21 of them have been killed by gunfire, a dramatic increase from this time last year.
Overall, more than 1,200 hundred people have been shot this year, with 263 people dying as a result of the gun violence, ABC 6 reported.
The shooting took place over the weekend inside a convenience store located on the corner of the neighborhood’s 50th Street
Bullet holes can be seen at the West Philadelphia convenience store where a shooting injured a one-year-old girl on Saturday
Police find a bullet casing at the scene of the wild shoot out at a convenience store that left a baby wounded
The gun violence in Philadelphia is reflective of a larger violent crime surge overtaking major cities across the U.S. like Chicago and New York City.
According to Yahoo News, Chicago has seen a record number of violent crime incidents this year.
As of July 7, there had been more than 2,021 shootings in 2021, 164 more than in 2020. The city had also reported 364 shooting deaths at this time, an increase of 5 more than last year.
During a press briefing Monday, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown said the department is seeing a rise in drive-by shootings. He compared the current drive-by rates to those of the 1980s.
Between Friday and Sunday night Chicago police officers responded to 44 shooting incidents with a total of 56 victims and 11 deaths with the ages of the deceased ranging from 26 to 38.
Meanwhile in the Big Apple a recent string of violent crimes that have left many New Yorkers worried that the city is sliding back to the dark days of the ’70s and ’80s when it earned the nickname ‘Fear City’.
In the 1970s, the city faced $10billion in debt and funds were cut to the police and other services.
NYPD data shows that shootings have spiked 28.9 percent in 2021 compared to last year as of July 11, its most recent data. There have been 803 shooting incidents in 2021 compared to 623 in 2020.
Shooting victims are also up a staggering 22.2 percent year over year, with 931 people falling victim to gun crime compared to 623 by this time last year.
The number of murders has also risen from 215 to 225 in the same timeframe – a 4.7 percent rise.
Rape has surged 7.3 percent and other sex crimes 25.9 percent.
The biggest leap in crime rates is for hate crimes, which has surged by 118.2 percent in the last year. This data comes amid numerous random attacks on Asian Americans in the city, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eric Adams, the ex-cop who is the Democratic candidate for New York City mayor, warned last Wednesday that ‘no one is going to come back’ if violence, and in particular gun violence in the Big Apple continues.