The woman accused of firing at the children, identified as 27-year-old Jamesha Flanning, is now facing six counts of attempted murder. Flanning was arrested on Monday and is being held in the Pinellas County Jail on $910,000 bail.
The 5-year-old was struck in the left thigh but thankfully, police say his injuries are not life-threatening. There were two other children in the vehicle at the time as well, between ages 4 and 7, who escaped injuries.
The incident happened when two women, one of whom was allegedly an ex-girlfriend of Flanning, attempted to retrieve personal belongings from Flanning’s home. Flanning then walked outside with a Taurus 9 mm pistol and started shooting at their vehicle, with three children seated inside. The two women got back inside their vehicle and drove off.
Police say that Flanning struck the vehicle four times, with one bullet wounding the 5-year-old.
Police continue to investigate at this time.
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