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Police: Bullet barely misses toddler in Darby, Pa. home

Police in Darby, Pa. are looking for two men after a shooting on Sunday night in which a bullet went through a home and barely missed a toddler in a crib.
Police in Darby, Pa. are looking for two men after a shooting on Sunday night in which a bullet went through a home and barely missed a toddler in a crib.

The shooting happened around 11 p.m. at 6th and Walnut streets in the borough.

Investigators say they arrived to find shell casings littering 6th Street toward 5th.

While officers were on the scene, police say they were notified about a bullet striking a home in the 100 block of 5th Street.

Police say they arrived to find a 9 mm bullet had gone through a window, through a wall and was lodged inside a humidifier.

Before going through the wall, police said it sailed five to six inches above a bed with a 3-year-old child inside.

As it turns out, the child is the great grandson of Darby Borough's Council president Janice Davis.

"It hurts me that somebody would even do something like this," Davis said.

Chief Robert Smythe noted that if the child had been standing in the crib, the toddler would have likely been struck.

"The mother was very, very beside herself as was the father, as you can imagine," Smythe said.

"That was my great-grandson, if he had stood up, he might not be here today," Davis said.

No injuries were reported.

Police say it's the second shooting in the area in recent days, and they believe they may be connected.

"When they're shooting, these guys they don't know where they're going. And hopefully, I'm thinking that maybe this man didn't even know it was a baby when he was shooting or what was going to happen,, but he did it and it was a very dangerous thing he did," Davis said.

Investigators described the suspects as two black males in their late teen's/early 20's. One was six feet tall, skinny, wearing a grey possible hoodie and a blue or black t-shirt. The other suspect was about 5'8" - 5'10", wearing a blue or black t-shirt.

Investigators are asking anyone with information on this incident to call Darby Police at (610) 586-1100 or (610) 586-1101.
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