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1-year-old at hospital in critical condition after Chapel Hill shooting

Posted December 26, 2015

— A 1-year-old girl was critically injured Friday night in a shooting at a Chapel Hill apartment complex, police said Saturday.

Officers were called to the 700 block of Trinity Court at about 5:45 p.m. Christmas Day after someone fired shots from a vehicle as it was leaving the complex.

The child injured in the shooting was taken to UNC Hospitals, where she underwent surgery overnight, police said. The girl was in critical condition Saturday.

Neighbors told WRAL News the child's name is Maleah Williams.

"It's heartbreaking for me, just to know that she is in critical condition over a senseless person," said witness, Laura Craig. "And as a mother we have to protect our kids, and I know she was trying to protect her."

Craig, whose husband is Maleah's godfather, said at least a dozen children were outside when the vehicle drove through the apartment complex.

"As I was getting the other kids out of the way, I hear Tylena screaming, 'She's hit, she's hit,'" Craig said. "I turned around and saw her lifeless body in her arms."

Just before 6 p.m., neighbor Erin Leak said she heard gunfire and ran outside. Moments later, Leak was face-to-face with Williams' mother.

"She was whimpering and her chest was moving, and there was just so much blood," Leak said.

No arrests have been made, and no other information about the shooting has been released.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest.


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  • Stacie Hagwood Dec 27, 2015
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    Gangs and drugs and children are the ones paying the price.

  • Anne Havisham Dec 27, 2015
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    I agree, Ms. Lynn. It is my hope that for every person who hears of this child's injury and thoughtlessly chalks the violence up to something ridiculous, there are twenty people who think and live with more compassion.

  • Matt Clinton Dec 27, 2015
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    This is not a race thing or a gun thing. It's a culture thing. The welfare state breeds a multi-generational culture of sloth, hopelessness, and low expectations. The so-called entertainment media sells a culture of irresponsibility, crime, and death. The news media serve as the advertising arm for political groups with 3 letter names that foment anger and chaos. And the people all this is aimed at willingly eat it up like candy. The result of all this? Government and media types enjoy life in their ivory towers while babies like Meleah suffer the deadly consequences.

  • Mary Meadows Dec 27, 2015
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    This little girl did not deserve this. I hope she has a full recovery and they catch the POS who did this. No mother should have to see a child get shot and suffer.

  • Libby Lynn Dec 27, 2015
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    ALL of these comments make me nauseous. So much racism.

  • Jim Hinnant Dec 27, 2015
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    Nice photo choice, WRAL.

  • LetsBeFair Dec 27, 2015

    another gun in the wrong hands ... these are the first folks that want to end gun violence and bring about gun control, and the first that continue to violate every gun law and be the cause of the problems. Hope that young girl survives all this and cant imagine what her mother might be going through.

  • Lisa Lisa Dec 26, 2015
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    Speak, Roscoe!

  • Roscoe P Coltrane Dec 26, 2015
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    I don't care what anyone says, black lives do not matter, unless they are killed by a white person. Every day, there are dozens of black lives ended, by another black life. These get little more than a passing mention in a news paper of TV news show. But let a black person be killed by a white person (preferably a cop) and all hell breaks loose. It is very sad that this little girl was shot. It is appalling that this little girl may die. She has done nothing to deserve this, other than to be black.

    So no. Black lives do not matter. At least not to other black people.

  • Al Carson Dec 26, 2015
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    There goes the neighborhood.