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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Police continue to search for the person responsible for killing a three-year-old girl playing on her porch. Police say they do have a person of interest in custody, but they’re still searching for other suspects.

Rochelle Ritchie has more on how the community is calling for more action to bring the killer to justice.

Baltimore City Police say they have confiscated a vehicle in the case. It’s a very tragic and sad story: an innocent child caught in the crossfire of flying bullets. Her killer is still possibly on the streets.

Baltimore City Police are aggressively seeking the person behind the tragic killing of three-year-old Mckenzie Elliott. The little girl was shot and killed as she played on the porch of a next-door neighbor’s home.

“Any senseless act of violence in the city is outrageous and we will act on it,” said Dep. Comm. Jerry Rodriguez, Baltimore City Police Department.

The drive-by shooting happened on Old York Road around 4 p.m. Friday.

Witnesses tell Baltimore City Police a car was driving up Old York Road before it paused at 36th Street. That’s when bullets started flying from the car. Neighbors say they heard about four-to-six shots. One of those bullets hit little Mckenzie.

“She meant a lot to everybody, especially me. If anybody knows anything, just say something,” her mother, 21-year-old Nina Epps, said.

The mayor and other city officials came out in support of Mckenzie’s family, protesting the violence.

“There was a horrific and unspeakable act of cowardice that took place on this block,” Mayor Rawlings-Blake said.

No one has been arrested or charged with Mckenzie’s murder, but community activists say they’d bet anything it’s a repeat offender.

“As fast as the police lock them up, sometimes they’ll be out smiling at the police before the shift changes,” said Dr. Rev. Andre Humphrey, a community liaison and veteran youth advocate.

It’s a process Dr. Rev. Humphrey says shows a need for more programs to deter people away from a life of crime. He says while the walks show a unified protest against violence, it does very little to solve the murders of innocent children like Mckenzie.

“They play with these kids too much. That’s the biggest problem,” he said.

Mckenzie’s family says they hope they don’t have to wait long for Mckenzie’s killer to be brought to justice. They can only plead for people who know something to say something.

“I know for sure somebody saw something. Somebody’s going to speak up. I’m pretty sure everything will work itself out,” her father, 23-year-old Anthony Lipford, said.

A 21-year-old woman also was injured in the shooting. Her injuries are not life-threatening.

A reward for tips leading to the arrest of Mckenzie’s killer is being offered.

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