Toddler Critical But Stable After Staten Island Shooting; NYPD Arrests Suspect Damark King

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Staten Island man is under arrest Thursday for opening fire in what is supposed to be a sanctuary for children.

Police said one of the several shots 19-year-old Damark King fired Wednesday afternoon in an apartment complex playground and courtyard hit 18-month-old Samaya Bailey in the head.

“It’s heartbreaking. It’s a baby. It’s my niece,” said Samaya’s aunt, Christine Bailey.

The child’s stroller was cordoned off by crime scene tape and marks the location where police say, the child was caught in the crossfire. Police said the stroller was stained with blood.

“It was a senseless shooting. An innocent baby got shot, being outside playing, on a nice day,” said Patricia Mahoney, Samaya’s grandmother.

The child was taken to Richmond University Medical Center. A police chase resulted in officers taking four suspects into custody for questioning.

Police said their black sedan matched the description given by witnesses at the crime scene.

The NYPD believes King had a dispute with the toddler’s uncle, who was standing near her in the playground.

“I agree with them getting the guns off the streets. But it’s not happening fast enough. When is it going to stop? Enough is enough,” said Mahoney.

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  1. IgnoranteElephante says:

    Don’t worry. All of this violence will stop the minute the new pro minority firefighter test comes out. A federal judge has ruled that making people read the test is discriminatory. It will be read to them with a computer.

    All of these fine youths will have a job to occupy their time.

  2. Johnny Handsome says:

    To all you punk yellowed bellied cowards out there ready to shoot someone because they hurt your feelings, please stop, put the gun in your mouth and pull the trigger. Kill yourselves. You are not wanted nor needed here. GROW up you little POS!

  3. REALLY?! says:

    We need stricter penalties for this sort of thing.. how many children were on the playground? say it was 25, charge this waste of life with 25 counts of child endangerment and attempted murder. Its bad enough that these little boys want to carry around guns so they can feel tough, but they don’t even know how to shoot and innocent people get hurt.. beyond disgusted. I would fully support severe police brutality in this case and if he just so happens to stop breathing, oh well…

  4. Surfinbird says:

    why would the childs mother have her daughter play in the playground with her uncle present when her uncle apparently had shady dealing with others.

  5. Ralph says:

    Another example how ” Gladys Carrion” is making the lives of the kids and there communities a horrible nightmare. Good job Galdys now a baby was shot.

  6. Jo Woods says:

    This dude needs to be taken out back and shot. Period.

    anon-tools.au.tc

  7. Carlos Liriano says:

    boys will stop been boys when the law of the land is applied, hang the SOB in the tallest tree in S.I. and case close

  8. Rory Calhoun says:

    DUMB-A**,IF HE IS THE SHOOTER,THEY SHOULD FRY HIS ASS…BOYS WILL BE BOYS..WHAT A DUMB-A** COMMET………..

  9. SIGMUND FRUIT says:

    OBVIOUSLY THIS WAS AN ACCIDENT AND THE POLICE AS USUAL ARE BLOWING THIS ALL OUT OF PROPORTION.MR. KING SHOULD BE RELEASED IMMEDIATELY WITH DUE COMPENSATION FOR THIS FALSE ARREST. AFTER ALL BOYS WILL BE BOYS.

    1. Bklyn mom says:

      I do hope you’re being sarcastic!

    2. CrusadingAtheist says:

      Draconian sentences do not prevent crime or deter criminals, so you have to know that first-off. Secondly, I’ll bet u if King had a job he wouldnt be mixed up with this gang nonsense, the resurgence in semi-organized crime has to do with the unemployment rate. Remember when Clinton was president crime rates fell and then they crept back up under bush? now that obama is here to pick up bush’s peices broad society is a mess. i believe it was and is carefully planned and orchestrated by congress, and continues to this day. These rich ***********would gladly sacrifice the working class for their own gains. it isnt a conspiracy theory it’s what”s been happening since 2000 if you’ve been paying attention

    3. jtorres says:

      Let’s see you get shot in the face and wave it off with “boys will be boys” If you’re trying to be funny, you’ve failed miserably. How funny will it be if this child dies?

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