Two toddlers were struck by bullets Thursday afternoon as their mother drove them in her vehicle in Mississippi.
The Associated Press reported that a 1-year-old and 3-year-old were each struck, with the younger child suffering a bullet wound to the leg, and the other to the chest. The mother was reportedly “near the University of Medical Center,” which allowed for her to rush the children into the facility’s emergency room for immediate aid, according to the news outlet, citing Jackson Police.
The toddlers are expected to survive their injuries, Jackson Police Chief James Davis said.
According to the chief, the woman said the suspect “put the window down, reached out and fired.” A “dark sedan with a temporary license plate from a car dealership” is being sought in connection with the case.
Davis doesn’t believe the crime was committed at random, and believes the suspect was familiar with the mother.
“It’s people resolving their conflicts by pulling out handguns,” Davis told reporters. “We’re talking to the mother, trying to get all the evidence we possibly can, talking to witnesses.”
According to Reuters, Davis further stated that the situation was first “reported to police as a possible mass shooting in progress.” Hospital workers and university pupils were reportedly sent a text at approximately 4:40 p.m., warning that there was an active shooter situation in a parking garage. However, less than an hour later another text was sent stating that the threat was no longer active.
So far, authorities have not released a physical description of the shooter.
The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
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