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9-Month-Old Girl Dead After Shooting in Evansville

A baby has died after being shot in the 3900 block of Vista Drive on Friday.

Posted: Aug 28, 2020 3:01 PM
Updated: Aug 30, 2020 3:12 AM

A devastating scene unfolded in Evansville Friday.

A 9-month-old baby was shot and killed in an apartment on the north side.

Police are determined to get to the bottom of the situation, but there remain still so many unknowns in the shocking tragedy.

"This has given me a new perspective, 'Do I need to start protecting myself in some certain way?' This has never really happened, and my family has been here for over 40 years, so we couldn't imagine anything like this ever happening," said Kenzee Koconis, who was visiting her grandmother at Buena Vista Apartments like she does regularly.

She didn't know anything was amiss, until she heard a commotion just after 2:30.

"I heard sirens, I came outside, and there were cop cars everywhere. It was a very scary experience, because I did not know what was going on at the time," she recalled.

First responders raced to the scene, and were disturbed to find a baby girl--just nine-months-old--shot in the back of the head.

"A lot of officers are very upset, got a lot of officers that have children, grandchildren. People are upset, people are angry obviously," said Sergeant Nick Winsett with the Evansville Police Department.

The little girl was rushed to the emergency room, but died within less than an hour of the devastating incident.

Evansville police are questioning a man, one of two people who were inside the apartment at the time.

They're trying to piece together what happened, as friends, families, and neighbors wait, stunned by the tragic day.

"It's a traumatic experience. I can't imagine what the family is going through," Koconis added.

An autopsy for the little girl is set for 10 AM Saturday.

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