The five-year-old girl who was shot in front of a Bronx building early Sunday morning is still in a medically-induced coma. Hailey Dominguez has had three surgeries at New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley’s Children Hospital, and her mother told the Post, "I’ve been living here since she got here. She has been having a fever [so] they’re limiting who can come and visit."
Hailey and her family had been returning from a baby shower when shots rang out on Hughes Avenue. A bullet pierced Hailey's stomach and went into her lung.
Angel Morales, 18, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon. His lawyer called him a "good kid," but Hailey's father was furious, "If he’s a good guy, then he shouldn’t carry a gun. There’s no need for anybody to carry an illegal gun. Imagine if my baby would have died?"
A neighbor told the Daily News that "Morales had recently angered pot dealers for infringing on their turf, but called him a 'cool guy' who was 'very friendly.' " The Post reports, "The shooting was in retaliation for a fistfight that had broken out between Morales’ pals and another group on Friday, sources said — meaning that Hailey and her family were not the intended targets."
Morales, who has a previous arrest for a nonfatal shooting, is being held on $100,000 bail. The News adds, "Police say cops seized a bag of marijuana and nearly 200 rounds of .357 and 9-mm. ammunition from Morales’ room at the Bronx apartment he shares with his parents."