BRONX, New York (WABC) -- Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark is speaking out exclusively to Eyewitness News reporter NJ Burkett about the shooting of a baby girl who was struck by a stray bullet as she sat in a parked car with her mother.
Clark spoke directly to the gunman who fired the shot during a chase from Grand Concourse onto Valentine Avenue.
"You could continue to go out there and think you're going to get away with it, but you're not going to get away with it," Clark said. "We're going to find you eventually, because we're not going to stop looking."
Police released new surveillance video showing the shooting, which happened while the 11-month-old girl's father had gone into a nearby deli Wednesday evening. The gunman can be seen running down the street in a chaotic scene.
"We're not going to stop looking," Clark said. "There are consequences when you do things, and I'm going to make sure that you're held accountable for the things and the harm that you do to the people in my county."
The mother called 911, and officers found her holding her baby outside of the car and quickly escorted the parents and ambulance to St. Barnabas. The baby was intubated and transferred to Weill-Cornell Medical Center, where she's in critical but stable condition.
The baby girl is turning 1 on Friday, and instead of celebrating her first birthday with her family, she's in a hospital recovering. Overnight, Mayor Eric Adams met with the parents.
"First thing the mother did when she walked into the room is she grabbed our hands and she prayed," he said. "She prayed. She prayed for her child. She prayed for the children of the city. She prayed to end the senseless violence."
The family did not want to speak publicly, but the girl's father told Eyewitness News reporter Naveen Dhaliwal that the family is doing the best as they can.
At a press conference Wednesday night, NYPD Deputy Chief Timothy McCormack said that close to 1,300 guns were recovered in the Bronx alone last year.
"This is very difficult and completely unacceptable in our city that an 11-month-old baby is shot," McCormack said. "Her birthday is in a few days. We were here last night with a police officer shot in the street. This is unacceptable and needs to stop."
Clark acknowledged that people feel helpless in what feels like an onslaught of violent crime.
"I don't want to think that, you know, we're at point of no return," she said. "We can turn this around. It's bad. I can't say, 'Well, you know, it's not as bad as everybody says.' It's bad, OK? People are dying. The Bronx is bleeding because people are dying from the shootings. We had 500 shootings in the Bronx last year. I had 146 homicides in the Bronx, overwhelmingly by guns. This is unsustainable, right? And we need help."
She added that various agencies are working together and that she is hopeful the tide will turn.
"All the things that should have been happening before, we're doing now," she said. "It's not going to happen overnight, but we're putting pieces together. We're putting together investigations that are phenomenal, and once we get them now, it's going to be able to stick because every agency is working together."
That collaboration is key, she said.
"We're not working in silos anymore," she said. "So we're going to see a change in the flow of the guns because ATF is working with us. We're going to make sure that the drugs that are coming in that causes violence. We're going to get a handle on because DEA is working with us along with NYPD and their task force, the state police, parole, probation. We're all together now because we have one common goal: to make the public safe."
Adams also held a briefing and delivered emotional remarks on the horrific incident and the recent surge in violent crimes plaguing the city.
"I'm going to stay in these streets until this city is safe," he said. "I'm not going to surrender this city to violence. I'm not going to lead from the rear. I'm going to lead from the front."
The motive for this shooting still under investigation, and no arrests have been made.
Police are searching for both the gunman and the other person who was his intended target.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
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