Police identify woman who fired gunshot at Memphis day care after disagreement

Search underway for day care shooting suspect in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis police say a disagreement between a parent and an employee led to gunfire Tuesday at a Raleigh day care.

Officers responded to La Petite Academy on New Allen Road where they found the glass door shattered.

Police tell WMC Action News 5 a woman, who has been identified as Daija Taylor aka Daija Williams, picked up her child from the day care and argued with an employee.

Day care shooting suspect Daija Taylor aka Daija Williams
Day care shooting suspect Daija Taylor aka Daija Williams (Source: SCSO)

La Petite said in a statement the argument was over Taylor’s family not meeting “attendance requirements.”

Police say she walked out of the day care and tried to re-enter but the door was locked. That’s when police say Taylor knocked on the door and fired a single shot into the day care with more than 60 children inside.

Surveillance video shows when the shot was fired.

Surveillance video shows woman firing shot into Memphis day care
Police at La Petite Academy in Memphis April 27, 2021
Police at La Petite Academy in Memphis April 27, 2021 (Source: WMC)

No one was injured and Taylor was gone before police arrived. Police say she left in a black Nissan.

A warrant was issued for her arrest for two counts of attempted first-degree murder and 63 counts of reckless endangerment.

Police at La Petite Academy in Memphis April 27, 2021
Police at La Petite Academy in Memphis April 27, 2021 (Source: WMC)

A statement from Lydia Cisaruk, director of communication for La Petite Academy, called it an unprecedented situation and said additional security is in place.

“Everyone is safe as the authorities are investigating an unprecedented situation early this afternoon involving a shot being fired into the front door. A parent became confrontational and verbally abusive during a discussion about her family not meeting attendance requirements to stay enrolled. Just after exiting the building, she came back and shot at the front door from the sidewalk. Thankfully no one was injured. Our staff immediately enacted our emergency protocols.

We have resumed our regular activities after briefly sheltering in place. As an additional safeguard, we will have security personnel on site until further notice. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and wellbeing of everyone in our school community.”

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