The intersection of Diamond and North Randolph Streets was crowded Saturday night with people listening to music and enjoying the warm breeze.
Cecilia Colon and her neighbors were sitting on their front steps, admiring Colon’s great-granddaughter, six-month-old Sandra McCoy, who was cuddled in the arms of her mother, Naisha Jesus.
Around 8 p.m. Jesus, still holding the baby, began walking across the street toward her home. Suddenly, two young men opened fire at each other, police said.
The baby was caught in the cross fire and was hit in the right armpit. She was listed in critical but stable condition at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children Sunday night.
One of the men fled on a bicycle but was later arrested. The other was hit by a bullet and staggered a few yards down Diamond Street before falling in front of a vacant lot, where police later found a shell casing.
The wounded man was apprehended and taken by ambulance to Temple University Hospital, police said. The names of the two men have not yet been released.
"Bullies don’t got no names," neighbor Hilda Gonzalez said Sunday, sitting on Colon’s front steps and comforting the woman, who was shaded from the midday sun by a black umbrella.
Gonzalez said her son Kahili Martinez was killed in a drug-related shooting in December a few blocks away.
"He was a target. Sandra McCoy was an innocent victim," Gonzalez said.
Another neighbor, Karen Williams, dropped by to offer her support to the baby’s family. "Why are kids able to buy guns? Why are they getting killed?" she asked. @ http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/pa/20100503_Two_held_in_shooting_of_N__Phila__infant.html