A 2-year-old girl is recovering at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital after being shot by a stray bullet during an incident at a South Memphis apartment complex Wednesday morning.
"She was sitting on the floor watching cartoons, Sponge Bob, then all of a sudden shots just rang out," said the babysitter, who did not want to be identified. "All I could do was holler 'Get on the floor! Lay down!'"
The toddler was initially in critical condition but has been upgraded to stable condition.
"The child was inside of the apartment complex when she was struck, so it does appear that she was hit by a stray bullet that went in through the window," added Sgt. Karen Rudolph, police spokeswoman.
Officers say another male was also injured during the shooting at the Warren Apartments at Elvis Presley and Clementine; he was transported by private vehicle to Methodist South, according to police.
Other children and adults were inside the complex at the time of the shooting.
Tips called into the police department say the shooting started during a fight outside the apartments. The toddler was an innocent victim.
Neighbors at the Warren Apartments told FOX13 News there was a shooting Tuesday that led up to Wednesday's shooting.
"It's sad that this kind of situation occurs," Sgt. Rudolph said. "You have a child inside, other children were inside. There were a few adults. You have people here trying to live and enjoy their life and something like this happens."
Residents in the neighborhood say the apartments need to be shut down, adding that it's not residents but visitors to the complex causing problems.
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"Shut these apartments down," said an area resident. "That's what needs to happen. These apartments need to be shut down because it's not going to change. The police can't stop nobody from coming and going. They can't have no 24-hour watch over here all day; there's other stuff going on in the city also."
"An innocent child was shot and people killed out here," the babysitter added. "I just wish it would stop."
The cause of the shooting is under investigation and police do have any suspects.
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