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

Posted December 26, 2015 10:58 a.m. EST
Updated December 26, 2015 11:34 p.m. EST

— 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.