A shooting incident Thursday afternoon in Kent, Washington, saw a 1-year-old girl severely injured after she was hit in the head. The local police believe shots were fired from a car due to road rage, but are continuing with their investigations.
The shooting took place at 4:30 p.m. when a black car pulled alongside the silver Chevrolet in which the girl and her parents were driving. The Chevrolet reportedly turned off a side street, before it was pursued by the black car to an intersection near an apartment block. Both parents, sitting in the front of the vehicle, were unharmed. But the girl, seated in the back, was hit in the head.
According to witnesses of the dramatic events, the child’s parents were screaming in shock when they noticed that the 1-year-old had been hurt.
Paramedics were called to the scene and the girl was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she is in the intensive care unit. She remained in a critical condition Friday.
Kent Police are saying they consider road rage to be the most likely cause of the shooting, but they are not ruling out other possibilities.
“Although the preliminary reports indicated that it was the spark to the incident, we are taking all things into consideration as we look at the evidence and witness accounts," police spokesman Jarod Kasner said in an email to the Kent Reporter.
Melanie Robinson, a spokeswoman for Kent Police, confirmed Thursday that both occupants of the black car had opened fire, releasing four or five shots. While details of the car have not been made public, there were reports that it was a four door sedan. Police are hoping that witnesses to the incident will be able to provide them with more information about the individuals involved.