News from Charlotte, North Carolina, has gone viral -- someone broke into the house of a mother on Monday and shot her while she was breastfeeding her 6-month-old baby, according to the police.
The site of the shooting was the Wexford apartment complex, reports WSOC.
Gil Allred, who is a part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, said, "Whenever you have kids involved in a traumatic situation, it always plays on your nerves.”
The 6-month-old baby was inside the University City apartment when a man burst in and shot the mother, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.
The officers were called to the Wexford Apartments at around 9.30 a.m. and entered her apartment to see the mother suffering from at least one gunshot wound.
Eyewitness Glenn Counts, who is a news reporter, came to find out that the woman was shot multiple times in the upper body while her 6-month-old baby lay inside the apartment -- on the mother's chest.
The mother was then taken to an area medical center where she was diagnosed with life-threatening injuries. According to the officers, the mother was conscious before being transported to the hospital, and never lost consciousness after she arrived there.
Police veteran Allred, who has over 26 years' experience with the force, comforted the baby after the shooting. Amazingly, the child was not hurt and is expected to be just fine.
"The fire department couldn't calm the child down, so they handed her to me," Allred said.
Officer Allred has reportedly raised three children of his own and so he knew exactly what to do to ease the infant's strife after the trauma.
"We were able to be a part of that horrific scene and that miracle," Allred said.
The police said that the gunman did not have a problem with the mother of the infant but someone else, and in the course of kicking the door in, the gunman shot the innocent mother instead of his intended victim. The man opened fire and ended up striking the mother multiple times.
According to the officers, the mother was very adamant about the fact the she did not know who the shooter was. It is still not clear as to whether the alleged shooter was looking for someone inside that apartment or somewhere nearby and simply got the wrong door.
The baby is now with a cousin, who is taking care of the child while the mother is in the hospital. A neighbor, Joan Sojo, said, “It’s just God’s grace that the bullet didn’t even touch the kid.”
"In that regard, I took [the issue] home last night and explained it to my family, then I tried to go and work out,” Allred said. “[I] couldn't get a good work out in because it just drains you."
It is said to be Allred’s last week as a police officer, as he is reportedly retiring in just three days. He says he feels blessed to have been present at the right spot on the right day.
"I hope she realizes one day that she was taken care of, not by me, but by The Almighty," Allred said.