MIAMI(CBS4) – A 27-year-old woman, who along with her unborn child was wounded in a drive-by shooting in December, is speaking out for the first time, saying the gunman “shouldn’t have done what he did.”
Tiffany Davis was leaving her job at an Overtown convenience store around 8:30 p.m. on December 9th when two gunmen fired between eight and ten bullets, police said. They said their intended target, 18-year-old Rodney Durant Junior, was killed, adding that Davis was an innocent victim.
CBS4’s Peter D’Oench spoke with Davis exclusively outside her Overtown apartment, as her infant, Skyla Milton, sat on her lap with a smile on her face and her tiny fingers protruding from a soft caste that covered her left arm.
Davis was eight months pregnant with Skyla when the shooting happened at the store at Northwest 2nd Avenue and Northwest 17th Street.
One bullet entered Davis’s head and is still lodged in her forehead, said Davis, pointing to the stitches in her head and on her forehead. The second bullet entered her stomach and hit Skyla in the left hand.
“He shouldn’t have done what he did,” said Davis. “It’s like crazy. I don’t know how it happened. I just know that I was leaving the store and I got hit and I just dropped. That’s all I remember.”
“One bullet went through there in my head,” she said. “It was stitched up and then one went in my stomach and my daughter got hit.”
“Were you thinking anything at the time or did you just black out?” asked D’Oench.
“I just blacked out,” said Davis.
Doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital delivered Skyla prematurely in order to treat her wound. Her mother has a traumatic brain injury.
“I take medication and stuff that they give me so that I won’t be in pain,” said Davis.
She feels it’s a miracle that she and Skyla survived.
There’s a limited description of the suspects who police said fled in an SUV that’s either dark green or black. Police are looking for leads.
“Come forward,” said Davis. “That’s what I want for people to tell others about this.”
“This whole situation is messed up but U have no choice but to deal with it,” she said.
She said Skyla, who was born at four pounds, now is eight pounds and seems to be healthy.
The shooting will have a long-term impact. Skyla will need months, if not years, of therapy for her left arm. Davis said will have to take medication for the rest of her life because of the wound to her head.
But she said there is one big consolation: she and her daughter have each other.
If you can help police with this case, call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).