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Mother Demanding Answers After 3-Year-Old Killed In Drive-By Shooting

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The mayor and city leaders hold a press conference, trying to get answers as to who killed a three-year-old girl.

Rick Ritter spoke with the victim’s mother.

She was extremely emotional, telling WJZ the heartache she’s feeling now will never go away. Both she and city leaders are demanding answers in this senseless killing.

At a loss for words. A 21-year-old mother is trying to come to grips with the death of her three-year-old baby girl.

“I lost my child. What more can I say? I didn’t get to experience anything with her,” said Nina Epps, victim’s mother. “You can only imagine what I’ve been going through–nonstop. I can’t get over this.”

Sky Eye Chopper 13 was over the scene for a drive-by shooting along the 3600-block of Old York Road.

“Our pain can’t even come close to what the family is feeling right now,” said Dep. Comm. Jerry Rodriguez, Baltimore City Police Department.

Police say just before 4 p.m. Friday a vehicle pulled up to the intersection, engaging in gunfire with someone standing on the corner. One of those bullets went flying up the street, striking three-year-old Mckenzie Elliott while playing on a porch, along with a 21-year-old female.

The female victim survived, but three-year-old Mckenzie died just hours later at a nearby hospital.

“There’s no way in the world that a three-year-old child should die in the streets of Baltimore and we remain silent,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake.

On Saturday, city leaders and the little girl’s family hit the streets of Waverly demanding answers.

“I’m pretty sure somebody on this street knows who it was. I know they do,” said Epps.

“We have to speak out. We have to tell what we know,” the mayor said.

It’s a crime that’s rattled the entire city.

“We’re outraged. We’re devastated. We’re heartbroken,”said Rodriguez.

Police are sending a powerful message to the three-year-old’s killer or killers, who are still on the loose.

“This is your opportunity to turn yourself in. We’re going to find you. We’re going to bring you to justice,” Rodriguez said.

Police tell WJZ they have at least one person and vehicle of interest in their possession. They’re not releasing any more information, but added they’re making quick progress in the investigation.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers immediately.

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