MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 2-year-old girl was shot and killed when gunfire erupted early Tuesday at a Tennessee apartment complex, police say.
Detectives said the girl's father, Mikal Grogan, 23, of Memphis, placed his daughter in danger by exposing her to gambling, illegal drug sales and violence. He is being charged with aggravated child neglect and endangerment.
Grogan told police that he heard someone knocking at his door. When he asked who it was, the person opened fire, he reportedly said.
According to the affidavit, Grogan said another man named “J," who was inside the apartment, began to fire his pistol and rifle, as well.
Grogan said another man also had about 2 pounds of “high-grade marijuana” in the apartment.
The child suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.
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Original report: A 2-year-old is dead after being shot in the head early Tuesday in Memphis' Hickory Hill neighborhood, police say.
The shooting happened shortly before 2 a.m. after a hail of gunfire at the Enclave Apartments.
Now, WHBQ has confirmed the apartment complex does not have security camera on its property.
But Memphis police are releasing few details about the case.
Witnesses said they heard more than a dozen shots fired at the Enclave apartment homes off Hickory Hill on Tuesday morning.
“I thought it was inside my apartment,” said Yuri Silva, a neighbor in the apartment complex.
The toddler was killed after a bullet hit her in the head.
“I was hearing a lady down here saying, ‘Oh, my God! My baby, my baby.’”
Police said it is unclear where exactly the shooting happened, but it left more than 12 bullet holes in the walls and shattered glass from a porch door.
Police said the shooter is still on the run. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers.
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