Friday, July 18, 2008

Senseless dolt

Such a brave man.

Shooting out of a moving car and wounding a 6 month old baby in a stroller.

His parents must be really proud of him. Not.

Teenager arrested in shooting of baby

A 6-month-old infant was snug in her stroller outside a Northwest Side home when a young man — apparently taking revenge for a fight involving gang members — fired 10 rounds from a moving vehicle, striking the baby once in her side early Sunday, police said.

Jeremy David Mendoza was arrested Thursday morning and charged with injury to a child in the shooting of Mya Isabella Baxter at 1 a.m. Sunday in the 11200 block of Baywood Street.
Mendoza, 17, remained jailed Thursday, bail not immediately set.

According to an arrest affidavit, Mendoza was in the front passenger seat of a moving Nissan Altima when he yelled “PVK killer” and fired a .22-caliber rifle toward people standing outside two houses on Baywood.

The baby's mother told police she was sitting on a curb near the stroller when she heard what sounded like firecrackers, according to the affidavit. She turned and saw a young man firing from a light-colored, four-door sedan driving north on Baywood toward Silver Oaks Drive.

While yelling “My baby,” the 17-year-old mother pushed the stroller behind a parked car to take cover. After pulling Mya out of the stroller, the mother ran into an apartment and discovered that the infant had been shot once in her side.

The baby was taken to University Hospital, where she is recovering. The child initially was listed in critical condition, but family members on Thursday said she is improving.

The mother does not live in the neighborhood where the shooting took place, records show.

Relatives said she missed a late bus while she and a girlfriend visited another friend on Baywood, so the mother and child “were just at the wrong place at the wrong time.”