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Waco PD: Search is on for baby shooting suspect

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A baby boy is in stable-but-critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head after an early morning shooting in Waco Wednesday.

As seven-month-old Dmar Caufield is at Scott and White Hospital in Temple clinging to life, his 38-year-old uncle is recovering from less serious wounds.

Neighbor Janice Harris was awakened just after 1 a.m. by the sound of gunfire.

“I heard the pop, pop, pop, and that made me get up and look out the window,” she said. “I didn't see anybody."

Multiple gunshots were fired at a house in the 1600 block of North 18th Street. Inside slept three adults and three children.

"(Responding officers) saw a mother holding a baby in a towel that was bloody," Waco police spokesperson Patrick Swanton said. “They immediately took the baby and the mother and transported them in the squad car to the hospital."

Police say it wasn't a random crime.

"(We) believe that the house was targeted, we don't know why at this point. We don't think it was a random act, for some reason we think they targeted this house," Officer Swanton said.

Investigators combed the area through the afternoon, looking for any kind of clue, but police still have no suspects and no clear motive.

What they do have is a strong drive to catch the culprits. "It was a pretty cowardly act, to shoot at a home like this that had three kids and a woman inside,” Swanton said. “So, obviously, we want to get whoever's responsible for this."

The people who live nearby are shaken, but unafraid.

"Everybody looks out for everybody over here. That's all I can go by," Harris said. "My heart goes out to that baby. That's an innocent little tot that's fighting for its life."

Anyone with information can contact the Waco Police Department at 750-7500 or Crime Stoppers at 753-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous.

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