Religious leaders call for justice after baby shot Wednesday night
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A one-year-old girl was shot and killed Wednesday night, and the child's mother was hospitalized, but police still don't have anyone in custody.
Police say one-year-old Ne'riah Miller and her mother, Cierra Miller-Twyman were sitting on the front porch of their home Wednesday afternoon in the 100 block of S. 37th Street, when the shooter ran up the front steps and opened fire, killing Ne'riah and seriously injuring Cierra.
Ne'riah is now the 35th homicide in Louisville this year, but her age and innocence is prompting something the other 34 did not. Religious leaders say the baby's murder is an indication that the violence problem in West Louisville has hit a new low.
Community activist minister Jerald Muhammad is now calling on the men in the community to unite and work on a solution to the violence. He says the problem is largely rooted in the male population, as they are usually the perpetrators. He also says there is a lack of involvement by fathers, creating an instable home life for developing children.
"That's where our focus is: that we're that reckless in our madness that we shoot an innocent child," said minister Jerald Muhammad. "I mean, every man who is a father or potential father should be outraged."
Witnesses and family members say that the shooter was with a group of men. They say the men were hanging out on the street in front of the house before the shooting took place.
"These young men who did this shooting, they have mothers, fathers, teachers, someone failed them along the line," Muhammad said.
Police still have no one in custody. They say some witnesses in the neighborhood are being helpful, but many are still afraid to come forward.
"A lot of people know who is responsible for the shooting," said LMPD Lt. Todd Kessinger. "In my opinion, there's not much difference in the person that pulled the trigger, or the person that knows and keeps that information to themselves."
Meanwhile, the victims' family pleas for justice.
"Please, whoever did this, please turn yourself in," said Sherrie Miller, Ne'riah's grandmother. "You killed an innocent baby."
Family of the victims have said they believe the shooter wasn't targeting Ne'riah or her mother, Cierra Miller-Twyman, who remains at University Hospital. No word yet on her condition, but we are told that she is "heavily sedated."
Anyone with information is asked to call the LMPD crime tipline at 574-LMPD.
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