BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s been three days since a little girl was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting and still no arrests in the case. Three-year-old Mckenzie Elliott was shot and killed while playing on the porch of a next door neighbor. Now residents are wondering if it could happen again—and when.
Rochelle Ritchie has more from concerned neighbors and a call for a cease fire.
This is certainly a murder that has outraged the community and exposed how innocent people can become collateral damage. Police do have a person of interest in custody but no one has been charged in Mckenzie’s murder.
Three-year-old Mckenzie Elliott had her whole life ahead of her—only for it to be cut short by a stray bullet Friday afternoon after a car pulled up on her street and someone inside started shooting.
“I just want somebody to say something. I want this to be resolved,” said her father.
Mckenzie was outside playing on a neighbor’s porch when the shots rang out. A single bullet claimed her life.
“I didn’t get to experience anything with her so you can only imagine what I have been going through. I can’t get over this. This will stick with me forever. I can’t deal with this,” said Nina Epps, her mother.
A mother’s anguish has advocates against violence raising their voice in protest demanding a cease fire and calling for the gunman who murdered Mckenzie to turn themselves in.
“If he’s not man enough or responsible enough to turn himself in, maybe someone else that was there should say, `Bro, you killed a child,'” said Deputy Chief Jerry Rodriguez.
On Saturday, the mayor—alongside members of the Baltimore City police department—came out in support and in protest of the violence.
“There is no way in the world a three-year-old child die in the street of Baltimore and we remain silent. We have to speak out. We have to tell what we know,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
The death of Mckenzie makes one neighbor fear for her own family.
“These kids in this city don’t have a chance to grow up before they are dead,” said neighbor Linda Davis.
Police say they have confiscated a vehicle believed to have been used in the crime and are making finding the person or people who killed Mckenzie their number one priority.
“Any senseless act of violence on the streets of Baltimore is outrageous and we will act on it,” said .
A reward is being offered for tips leading to an arrest.
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