Six-year-old hit in drive-by expected to survive

Neighbors want more patrols after child shot

DALLAS -- When a bullet strikes a 6-year-old, the entire community feels the pain.

"Oh man, if you would have seen it, it was just horrible. Just horrible," Jamal Najm said.

He saw the shooting unfold around 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Metropolitan and Second Avenue, near Fair Park.

"A red Tahoe was going by," Najm said. "I saw him hang a gun out the window and start going toward the store."

A bullet struck Najm’s vehicle. But he was more worried about the Dodge Charger behind him. It was also hit, striking a 6-year-old little girl sitting next to her dad.

Najm and other witnesses said she was hit in the chest. Her father, Najm said, was unable to hold back tears.

"Every time, she's calling her dad, saying, 'Papi, papi,' this little girl is just bleeding," Najm said.

The little girl is still recovering at the hospital. She is expected to survive. Her name has not yet been released, and family members declined to speak on camera.

A day later, the Dodge Charger is back in the driveway of the father's home. Garbage bags covered the bullet holes and broken window.

Back at the scene, neighbors say this shooting is a breaking point.

"What has to happen is, there has to be more police presence and police coming out," said Kevin McGee, who lives near the area.

McGee planned to meet with police to start a conversation about curbing crime in the neighborhood.

Witnesses said the gunman or gunmen were shooting toward a liquor store. Police are looking for two male suspects inside a red SUV, but have not said who they believe the was targeted or why.

McGee said people who loiter outside the store are part of the problem.

"Come out and stop these guys from hanging out and doing their thing, and respect the business owners," he said.

The store's owner said surveillance video shows that few people were outside the store at the time of the shooting, but was not available to show us the video before publication. "No loitering" signs were posted around the liquor store, but News 8 spotted a group of people in the back of the store for an extended period of time.

If you have information on this crime, you're asked to call 911 or DPD at (214) 671-4259. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest. Leave an anonymous tip with them at (214) 373-TIPS.

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