Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - A 9-month-old infant is recovering after being caught in the line of fire. The shooter who could've killed that baby is still on the loose.
The little boy was pierced with a bullet in the right shin during a spray of gunfire on Saturday night. The bullet entered and exited his leg, breaking off a portion of his tibia.
The violent shooting happened around 11 p.m. at a Shepherd Townhome Complex on Simmons, near Lake Mead.
Baby Josiah Wide is now listed in stable condition at University Medical Center. The infant was in the hands of a babysitter when the shots started ringing out.
"Out of the blue, somebody started shooting. Whoever it was, they should be disappointed in themselves for shooting a baby," said Qualonia Dunlap, who was caring for the baby during the shooting.
Dunlap says she decided to carry the infant outside for some fresh air.
She started talking to a 25-year-old year old neighbor who police believe was the intended target of a series of gunshots. That man was also hit in the leg by a single bullet.
Before Dunlap could get a good look at the gunman's face, he disappeared from her line of sight.
"Lucky that kids were not outside. Lucky it wasn't me. I'll blow a gasket right about now," added Dunlap. "I'm still upset. I still think about it. I still shed tears about it, but I'm glad he's okay."
Josiah's mother says she raced to the hospital as soon as she got word of the shooting.
"I thought I lost my son. It messed my heart up a lot cause it's my first son," said Shanta Wide, whose son was shot.
She says doctors have successfully completed a blood transfusion on Josiah. Her biggest concern now is the high fever he's been experiencing.
"My son is the healthiest child. He doesn't deserve this," said Wide.
Shanta Wide doesn't blame the babysitter. She is placing all of the burden on the suspect who pulled the trigger up to five times.
"Heneeds to be buried six feet under, literally. I can't say it any nicer," added Wide.
Doctors have told Wide that her son will likely remain in the pediatric trauma unit through the week.
Th 25-year-old who was shot was also taken to the hospital but has since been released. Police haven't said why the gunman could have been aiming for him.
Police have no description of the gunman other than he's an African American male.