Man shoots 3-year-old inside car

Man shoots 3-year-old inside car

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man shot a 3-year-old after being in an altercation with a woman he was flirting with Sunday night.

According to Memphis Police Department, a woman was approached as she sat in her car with a child and another woman in the 1400 block of Dewees Drive. When she told the man she was not interested in him, he started firing into the car.

A 3-year-old who was in the car was shot and remains in extremely critical condition.

"I'm just praying for her," Cardarius Benton said. "As crazy as it seems, that's how it is now."

"I feel like that is very sad and pitiful," Takerehara Smith said.

Smith said she worried about the safety of her mom and other relatives who live in the area, but she simply couldn't believe an innocent toddler was shot.

"Police or security guards should be over here 24/7, because there is no reason why a 3-year-old should have been able to get shot. Where is the protection over here?" Smith asked.

"A lot of people don't have importance of life anymore," Benton said. "They don't have any reason to live. They ain't got nothing going."

Benton said he is a rapper whose latest song is called, "Put the Guns Down." The song is directed at people like this shooter. Benton hopes people realize there are better ways to deal with anger than pulling a trigger.

"All we can do it just pray and stay out the way," he said.

No arrests have been made.

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