Family members outside the hospital identified the girl as Taylor Hayes, a second grader who they said loves to sing and dance.
“She just loves music. You put any music on, she’ll dance,” said her aunt, Nicola Hayes.
“I’m hoping she recovers,” said her grandfather, Trannie Hayes.
Taylor was going into surgery at noon Friday, her family confirmed.
“Taylor is still fighting,” Smith tweeted Friday morning.
Traffic on Edmondson heading toward downtown was blocked for several hours while police canvassed the area. The car the girl was riding in remained in the middle of the street. At least one bullet hole could be seen in the back of the vehicle.
Smith said the shooting likely occurred around 2:30 p.m. in the 500 block Lyndhurst Street, a few blocks away. He did not know whether someone in the car was the shooter’s intended target.
Three female homicide victims were found in Baltimore between Monday night and Tuesday morning, an incredibly rare sequence of killings even for a city that has seen more than 300 homicides in each of the past three years.
A man knocked on the window of a police car on the corner of Normandy and Edmondson avenues and said a child had been shot, Smith said. The officer flagged down a passing ambulance, and a medic rendered aid to the girl and transported her to Shock Trauma.
The girl was unresponsive, police said.
The woman who was driving the car and another child in the back seat were not harmed, police said. Smith would not say whether the driver was the victim’s mother.
Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle visited the scene of the shooting and then headed to Shock Trauma to check on the girl and her family, Smith said.
On Friday morning, Mayor Catherine Pugh visited with Taylor’s family in the waiting room at Shock Trauma, and gave Taylor’s mother a hug. Pugh declined to comment to a reporter.
The police department will review security footage from area shops and city cameras, he said. He asked for the public’s help in gathering information about what happened.
“Somebody saw this,” he said.
In a city with one of the nation’s highest rates of gun violence, Smith said, the shooting of such a young victim was particularly jarring.
“I got a 6-year-old. I can’t imagine this,” Smith said. “When you know the level of innocence … this is outside the boundaries of any rules of the game. You don’t shoot kids.”
As officers placed evidence markers by shell casings at the scene on Lyndhurst, three boys walked toward the corner store near where the girl was found. An officer shuffled them away, because the area was now a crime scene.
“Can’t even let the children out to play nowadays,” said a neighbor watching from across the street. She asked to remain anonymous for fear of her safety.
“I’d been in the house and rolled my hair up and I said, ‘Why is the street blocked?’ ” the woman said.
She had heard from a neighbor that a 7-year-old girl had been shot.