A 17-month-old girl is recovering in the hospital after being hit by shrapnel when a man opened fire on police and passersby in a traffic stop gone wrong.
Anderson Davis was one of at least 19 people injured Saturday. When police in Midland pulled over a man on Interstate 20, the driver fired a rifle out the back window of his car at officers, police said. He then drove off to Odessa and continued firing at people nearby, police said.
After leaving is vehicle and stealing a mail truck, police said, the man shot at more people as he made his way toward a local movie theater. There he exchanged fire with officers and died, police said. Seven people were killed in the mass shooting.
A witness told the New York Times that he heard the gunfire outside while working at a local restaurant. He ran to help a mother screaming at her car. He said that he saw a baby girl in a car seat inside the vehicle, and she was covered in blood.
It is believed that baby was Anderson. A GoFundMe page created by someone claiming to be a family friend wrote that Anderson was hit with bullet fragments. The creator also shared an update from the girl's mother, Kelby Davis: "Anderson is alive and that is a prayer answered bigger than I've ever had to pray. Her vitals are good. ... Anderson is 17 months old, has shrapnel in her right chest, which thank God is superficial. She has a hole through her bottom lip and tongue and her front teeth were knocked out. She is alive. When others today are not alive."
Davis then shared her own post on Facebook, thanking everyone for their support and first responders and medical staff for saving Anderson's life.
"Words cannot express the emotions we are experiencing after living through the tragic events that unfolded in our home town yesterday afternoon," she wrote. "By the grace of God, Anderson is expected to make a full recovery."
By Sunday afternoon, the family's GoFundMe page had raised more than $132,000 of its $200,000 goal.
While police have not officially identified the victims, more details are coming to light about those injured in the shooting. Attention is turning to Midland Police Officer Zack Owens, who was shot in the line of duty.
According to a GoFundMe page posted by a family member, Owens was shot multiple times in the arm and hand. Glass shards also hit him in the eye.
"We appreciate anything and everything. Please keep Zack in your prayers as we don’t know the outcome of the situation at this time," the page reads. "We would like to thank thank everyone who has been praying, and the continued prayers for everyone involved."