Tampa toddler shot discharged from hospital, family fear neighborhood

Toddler recovering, family wants answers
Posted at 7:48 PM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 19:10:51-05

UPDATE | One man has been arrested and a warrant has been issued for a second man in connection with the shooting of a toddler at a Tampa apartment complex.

Tampa police arrested Jovaris Lundy, 17, of Riverview, on Thursday without incident in the Robles Park area of Tampa, which is not far from where the shooting occurred shortly after noon the day before. Lundy faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and shooting into an occupied building.

Police are still searching for the other suspect, Delvin Soares, 18. A warrant has been issued for Soares' arrest.

ORIGINAL STORY | Just hours after getting shot, little Aaliyah had the strength to play and sing in her hospital bed. But the day before, an ear-splitting sound stopped her mother cold.

"I heard boom, boom, boom, boom and they kept going non-stop," she said.

Moments before, her husband ran inside their home trying to get away from a group of men, he says, were threatening him.

Aaliyah's mother, willing to speak with ABC Action News about those terrifying moments, but did not want to show her face on camera.

In seconds, at least 15 bullets tore through their Hernandez Court home.

One of them, ricocheted off a wall and hit her youngest daughter.

"A mother knows her baby's cries," she said.

21-month-old Aaliyah got shot in the leg.

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"I was totally scared. I thought I was going to lose my baby yesterday. By the grace of God, I didn't and that was a blessing." she said.

A blessing, but now they're left with the reality of where they live.

The family feels the bullet holes are a reminder of a parent's worst nightmare. They don't feel safe in their neighborhood (read the letter the Tampa Housing Authority sent residents)  and say they want to move out. But now, they're holding tight to their little girl and praying for justice.

"That they find the boys who did this," she said.