A three-year-old girl remains in critical condition in Detroit after being shot in the head. On Saturday, little London Clark was in the backseat of her mother’s vehicle at a Citgo filling station in the Motor City. Almost as soon as she arrived at the gas station, the mother realized that a verbal confrontation between two men was escalating. Within seconds, shots rang out. A bullet struck London in the head while one of the two men sought cover behind the vehicle.

“We have a 3-year-old child, who was doing nothing but sitting in the backseat with her mom, and this idiot pulls out a weapon, starts shooting at someone else and hit this child,” said Assistant Police Chief Arnold Williams. London remains in critical condition at a Detroit-area hospital while her family prays for her deliverance.

Soon after the incident, police arrested a black male suspected in the shooting and also detained a getaway driver not far from the scene of the shooting. The shooter fired several shots at the other man during the affray.

According to police spokesman Williams, the two men were familiar with each other. "We have a lot of individuals out here that have problems with conflict resolution. They don't know how to peacefully resolve conflict,” he said. “They’re not hurting one another. They’re hurting innocent bystanders.”

In the past month, there have been three shootings in Detroit that involved children. Last week, a seven-year-old boy was shot in the neck. He is still recovering from the injury.

 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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