2-year-old girl in critical condition after shooting on Detroit's east side
Victim shot at 1 a.m. Tuesday outside Chandler Park Public Library
DETROIT – A 2-year-old girl is in critical condition after being shot early Tuesday morning on Detroit's east side.
Police said the girl suffered a gunshot wound to her body at 1 a.m. while at a family gathering across from the Chandler Park Public Library on Harper Avenue.
Family members say a distant cousin allegedly got angry that their Fourth of July festivities were coming to an end, and pulled out a gun.
He allegedly fired a shot, hitting the 2-year-old who was sitting her in her grandmothers car.
Family members spoke to Local 4 outside St. John Hospital, where the girl, Zanyrah Taylor, is recovering.
Zanyrah's aunt, Ericka Cliett, said the little girl underwent surgery and another surgery is expected before they try to take her off the ventilator.
"They're expecting her to be OK. We're all expecting her to be OK. We definitely need thoughts and prayers," Cliett said.
Tamica Bender, the girl's grandmother, said the gunfire started as people were getting ready to leave.
“I took off and he’s screaming, ‘They shot the baby,’” Bender. “I looked back there and she was bleeding.”
Police said they arrested the suspect in Highland Park, and he is currently in police custody.
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