7-month-old Texas baby in critical condition following drive-by shooting

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 12:02pm

A Waco baby is in critical condition, after undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to the head.

According to Waco Police Department, officers responded to a 911 call of a shooting Wednesday morning in the 1600 block of North 18th Street around 1:40 a.m. When they arrived, officers found 7-month-old Dmar E. Caufield and 38-year-old Craig Mays had both been wounded by gunfire. Caufield was shot in the head, and Mays had shrapnel wounds to his arm.

Officers found the mother of Caufield standing in the front yard, holding him. Because of the severity of the baby's gunshot wound, officers immediately loaded the baby and mother in a police car and transported them to a local hospital for treatment. Mays was also taken to a local hospital by private vehicle, where he was treated and released.

The initial investigation reveals that unknown shooter(s) fired at the house numerous times. One of the bullets struck the sleeping 7-month-old baby in the head. An additional round struck Mays. He also had been sleeping in the home. Four other individuals were in the home at the time of the shooting: the wounded infant’s mother and father and two other children ages 6 and 10. Mays and Caufield were the only ones struck by gunfire.

Witnesses described being awakened by gunfire into the home and then discovered the baby and Mays had been shot. They did not see anyone nor were vehicles observed at the time of the shooting.

The injured baby was transferred from a local hospital by helicopter to Temple and at last check was undergoing surgery and listed in critical condition.

Police have no motive or additional suspect/vehicle information from the shooting.

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