A 2-year-old girl was killed and a woman was critically injured in a shooting near Fair Park in Dallas on Sunday night, police said.
The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. in the 4700 block of Hay Street, just north of Fair Park off Haskell Avenue. When police arrived to the scene, they learned that the woman and a toddler were shot during a drive-by.
Both victims were taken to a hospital, where the toddler was pronounced dead.
Family identified the toddler as Zyah Lacy.
“My grandbaby ain’t your target. So why does she have to die? Like, why would you shoot a 2-year-old?” said Zyah’s maternal step-grandmother Deborah Harper Smith.
She and Zyah’s other two grandmothers gathered Monday at their church New Millennium Bible Fellowship to pray for peace. They’re now asking the public for help in bringing the little girl’s killer to justice.
“We’re pleading on today. If it was your 2-year-old granddaughter’s daughter, niece, or cousin. How would you feel?” said Tomeka Staten, Zyah’s paternal grandmother.
Zyah was with her mother and Harper-Smith Sunday night at balloon release for a relative also killed in a drive-by shooting.
“We were outside just taking pictures celebrating. We heard gunshots,” Harper-Smith said. “Everybody started to run. I grabbed my grandbaby.”
The, Harper-Smith said she felt blood.
“I went to holding my baby shot. We ran to the car. My son took us to the hospital,” said Harper-Smith.
But little Zyah didn’t make it.