CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Police release video, canvass neighborhood after 1-year-old shot in DC
WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- "No one shoots a 1-year-old and gets away with it on our watch."
That's what DC police chief Peter Newsham tweeted Thursday afternoon, along with video of a shootout that left a 1-year-old shot earlier this week in DC.
Newsham urged the public to review the video of the shooting and to contact police with any information about the people who were caught on camera.
Police said the 13-month-old boy was in stable condition following the shooting in an alley near the 1300 block of I Street, Northeast, Monday night.
“It’s really heartbreaking…heartbreaking and it’s a baby that I see every day,” said Rudencia Bryant.
Police responded to the shooting just before 9 p.m. and they say the boy was shot in his lower extremities.
“There was some kind of gathering out here, then there was an exchange of gunfire,” said Newsham after the incident. "You got a little kid who is in the hospital, under surgery right now, because two grown men thought they wanted to settle a dispute with a firearm. It’s despicable.”
Newsham says the child was not targeted.
“It looks like he was struck by maybe by a stray bullet,” said Newsham.
On Tuesday, Newsham confirmed the boy was back at home from the hospital.
“I think that if it had not been for God and the fact that he protected that baby, it could’ve been more serious,” said neighbor Grozelia Herring. “I’ve gone every day to check on them to make certain that all is well.”
Police are now looking for two persons of interest, in hopes of finding the gunmen.
“Someone so young, with so much life ahead of them, they need to be cared for and watched out for. Justice needs to be served,” said Jim Warren.
A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
“I just hope whoever did this, just turn (themselves) in….Just turn yourself in and let the lord deal with it,” said Bryant.
If you have any information on the people in the video, police ask that you call 202-727-9099.