NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 4-year-old girl who was critically injured after the car she was riding in was shot at during an apparent targeted shooting Tuesday night has died.
The Metro Nashville Police Department said the shooting happened near the intersection of Dickerson Pike and Douglas Avenue just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30.
A 22-year-old man who was driving a black Chevrolet Malibu was stopped at a red light when another vehicle approached the intersection, according to MNPD spokesperson Don Aaron.
Authorities reported two people exited the other vehicle and fired more than 20 rounds into the Malibu. The 22-year-old driver sustained a gunshot wound to his arm.
Police said three kids were in the backseat when the shooting happened.
The 4-year-old girl, identified as Taliyah Frazier, suffered a gunshot wound to her head and was in “very critical condition” Tuesday night. Police announced the following afternoon that she died from her injuries.
Two-year-old male twins were also in the back seat. One of them suffered a non-critical graze wound to his head while his brother was not injured, according to police.
Investigators said after the gunfire ended, the 22-year-old driver, who is the father of the twins, traveled for about three miles on Dickerson Pike and stopped at the Family Dollar Store, which is where the mother of at least one of the children was located.
News 2 spoke to a witness, Tabytha Robertson, who was at the Family Dollar on Dickerson Pike when she heard screaming then saw Taliyah.
“I could tell she was really, really hurt because the back of her shirt was soaked in blood. I’ve never seen anything like it. I was so shaken up. I’ve been to crime scenes but never with babies involved. I was praying for her so hard last night, I just couldn’t believe that evilness was that great. That was just a pure act of evil,” Tabytha Robertson said.
Tabytha said she then brought the mother of the children to the hospital Tuesday night.
“I dropped her off and I’ll tell you when I got home, it unnerved me so much I didn’t get any sleep last tonight. It shook me to my very core. Babies. Babies. These were babies,” Robertson said.
Police stated the shooting appears to be targeted. At this time, investigators are working to interview the 22-year-old driver to determine what may have led to the shooting.
No other information was immediately released.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.
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This is a developing story. WKRN News 2 will continue to update this article as new information becomes available.