Girl, 3, hit by bullet during drive-by shooting in St. Pete

Girl, 3, hit by bullet during drive-by shooting in St. Pete
Girl, 3, hit by bullet during drive-by shooting in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — A manhunt is underway Thursday night for a drive-by suspect who shot two people in the afternoon. The gunman, police say, shot into a crowd of people sitting at a home near the intersection of 10th Avenue S. and 12th Street S.

A three-year-old girl was with the crowd, sitting on her grandmother’s porch. Someone sprayed bullets from a car, hitting that little girl and 23-year-old Terrell Holliman.

Both were rushed to the hospital. Holliman was treated and released at Bayfront while Jayla was taken to All Children’s Hospital for a gunshot wound to the stomach.

The bullet holes in the house Thursday night served as an eerie reminder of the terror that took place there. It was in stark contrast to the a child’s four-wheeler just feet away from where the bullets were lodged.

“At first, it sounded like fireworks but it never stopped,” said a neighbor who asked not to be identified.

That neighbor said she called 911 and then looked out – only to see mass confusion.

“It was very scary,” she said. “I instantly started crying.”

“It’s really horrible,” Anita Brooks, one of Jayla’s family members, told News Channel 8. “It’s disgusting. It’s not even horrible; it’s unspeakable to shoot a child.”

Minutes after the shooting St. Petersburg police converged on the area and set up crime scene tape cordoning off blocks.

While evidence markers filled the streets, disgust from Jayla’s family filled the air.

“You know she just start living her life and whoever done this, they need to be in prison,” said family member Robbie Sheppards.

When News Channel 8 was there, we saw many children who live in the area. At one point, we watched as the police chief started to lead them away from the violence.

Mayor Rick Kriseman later arrived. Kriseman and Chief Anthony Holloway both said they are fed up with the shootings and killings in St. Petersburg. Enough is enough, they said.

“Our guys are going to find ya. We’re going to get you, and we’re to put you behind bars where you belong,” Kriseman said.

Police say it was not a random act. They are not saying if Holliman was the target, although News Channel 8 learned he was shot in the back in another drive-by shooting in January 2015.

“I think it’s really screwed up that you didn’t care about anybody in that case whether it was kids in there, old people in there. I think that’s really sad,” Brooks said.

Jayla could be released as early as Friday.

The shooter, as of last check, is still on the run.

Video: St. Petersburg Police Press Conference


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