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7-year-old, Taylor Hayes, still critical but has improved slightly

Police asking for suspect to come forward
Posted at 11:32 PM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-10 08:32:06-04

The seven-year-old Baltimore girl shot in the backseat of a car is still fighting for her life. Taylor Hayes was shot in Southwest last Thursday.

Monday, police put out a passionate plea for the shooter to come forward.

Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said Hayes has made a slight improvement.  Now, investigators are depending on tips to break the case.

"At the end of the day, you have a 7-year-old child by no choice of her own, laying a hospital clinging to life.  If this individual who is responsible has any compassion at all, he would turn himself in," Tuggle said. 

"We're going to be dogmatic in our approach to this investigation we're not going anywhere." 

Hayes was shot Thursday in the 500 block in Lyndhurst Street in Southwest Baltimore.  The driver of the car she was in, Darnelle Holmes faces drug and gun charges. She is not a suspect in the shooting. It's not clear if she fired a gun at all but a gun matching casings from the shooting was found in the blue Honda she was driving where Hayes was shot.

"There were two guns that were used. We know that somebody probably from the white Mercedes Benz was one of the shooters and we're trying to determine whether or not there's a second shooter," Tuggle said.

Investigators are looking for one suspect right now and say the driver of the Mercedes may be connected to the shooting.  The car was seen in the Edmondson Village area shortly after the shooting and was caught on City Watch cameras.

"It was not a random act of violence as I've stated before but were trying to determine exactly what the motive was," said Tuggle.

Holmes’ child was in the car at the time of the shooting but was unharmed and police said Holmes is friends with Hayes’ mother, which could explain why Hayes was in a car with Holmes. 

Investigators also looking for Holmes’ boyfriend  although he's not a person of interest in the shooting.  Holmes is being uncooperative and police are relying heavily on tips.

There's a reward for up to $4,000 dollars for tips leading to an arrest. 

Call police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP if you have any information.