1-year-old girl killed in Henrico shooting

1-year-old girl killed in Henrico shooting
Grandmother Monica Morris (Source: NBC12)
Grandmother Monica Morris (Source: NBC12)
Police blocked off Fayette Avenue after the shooting. (Source: NBC12)
Police blocked off Fayette Avenue after the shooting. (Source: NBC12)

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A homicide investigation is underway in a Henrico neighborhood after a one-year-old girl was killed in a shooting. A 20-year-old man was also shot.

Witnesses say a woman ran out of her Fayette Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday screaming that her child had been shot.

A neighbor says gunshots woke her up because they were so loud. She says the gunshots initially sounded like they were in her home.

"I originally heard five [shots], then I heard three more and then I heard screaming," said the woman, who didn't want to be identified. "Honestly, it sounded so close I thought someone in my house had been shot but I didn't know I just panicked."

After the commotion settled, she and her father peered outside, but didn't see anything at first.

"Then we heard screaming, somebody was screaming 'my baby, they shot my baby,'" she said. "'My daughter's been shot.' She came out and she ran down the street and the guy came out on the porch and he said 'I been shot too, I been shot too, I been shot in my stomach.'"

The neighbor says a woman, her toddler and one-year-old baby live in this home, along with the baby's father. She says she watched as police put the baby and the baby's father in an ambulance and rushed them to the hospital.

"It's unfortunate, it's a sad situation," the woman said. "They eventually took the baby girl out of the house and she looked like she was unconscious."

The baby and her father, she says, were rushed to the hospital.

"I saw them holding her," said neighbor Dietrich Wingfield. "They had a towel pressed against her where the wound was. They jumped in the ambulance and they left to get her to the hospital."

The child died at the hospital; the 20-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries.

The mother of Jaidah, the girl who was killed, publicly posted on social media that she wishes it was her instead.

"My heartttttt, you came a long way, baby, I love you. I wish it was me laying there and not you, when you looked me in my eyes, gasping for breath, wondering why I couldn't save you. I'm sorry Jaidah. I swear I am, baby. I'm so sorry. I can't eat. I can't sleep. This not right. Why me," wrote Tia Graves.

The family tells NBC12 the 20-year-old father, Temonteke Morris, has awoken from surgery. However, there was no second chance for Jaidah. Graves was hysterical when she called baby Jaidah's grandmother.

"She just kept hollerin' like 'they killed my baby, they killed my baby, they killed my baby,'" said grandmother Monica Morris. "It's just gonna be hard, because I'm not gonna see her no more. Like ... this really hurtin' me...A one year old baby, she don't deserve this. And now my son is fightin' for his life."

Temonteke Morris was in and out of surgery all day, but still unaware his one-year-old daughter is dead.

Monica Morris says baby Jaidah was born prematurely and weighed just one pound, 15 ounces. But she was a fighter. Baby Jaidah spent the first three months of her life in the NICU - she grew strong and healthy.

The parents also have a two-year-old son. They had just thrown Jaidah her first birthday party, two weeks ago.

Henrico police have given few details on the investigation. They're asking anyone who may know anything about this double shooting, to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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