SAN ANTONIO – According to San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, a two-year-old girl was killed in a drive-by shooting in the northern part of the city.
Police were called to a house on the 100 block of Future Drive for the shooting around 1:30 p.m. Monday.
They arrived to find that the child was standing next to the front door and was hit by a bullet, killing her, according to McManus.
The chief said that there were five other children in the house, aged 2 to 6. None of them were hurt.
Police have a lead on the suspect, McManus said, but they are currently unable to uncover the man’s identity.
“The person who did this is a pathetic act where there is no consideration of who might get hurt as a result of this shooting. Absolutely pitiful.”
Neighbors told police that the woman who lives in the house works as a nanny for local children. McManus said Child Protective Services would look into the claims.
The chief said the shooting took place in a house that was not problematic and the only incident resulted in a drive-by shooting.
McManus said the dead child was not the target, to the best of the police’s knowledge.
McManus stressed that the information provided at the scene is preliminary and subject to change during further investigation.
KSAT will update you on any new developments as more information becomes available.
Other gun incidents involving young children
This is at least the fourth incident involving firearms involving young children in the San Antonio area in the past few weeks.
On April 17, a 6-month-old baby was hit by shrapnel during a shootout on a road in the distant West Side.
The next day, an 8-month-old baby was shot dead when the baby’s parents got into a fight over guns during an argument.
And on May 6, a bullet hit a 2-year-old child on the north side who may have been playing with a gun.
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