TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Police are still searching for whoever killed a 1-year-old and left a 2-year-old in serious condition Friday after a shooting in a central Toledo apartment complex.
Three days after the shooting, police still have not made any arrests. The investigation has shifted from the initial phase of collecting evidence and debriefing witnesses at the scene. Now police are following up on leads and tips from the public as they try to gather information through interviews.
The shooting at central Toledo's Moody Manor Apartments left 1-year old Keondra Hooks dead from a gunshot wound to the head. Her 2-year-old sister Leondra Hooks was also shot once and remains in serious condition.
Police say two men shot more than 12 rounds into the apartment where the girls were sleeping on the floor around 11 p.m. Thursday. The bullets went through the glass sliding door with one bullet hitting each toddler.
Investigators are in the process of interviewing people and trying to obtain more information about what happened. Detectives are working closely with street patrol officers, as well as the gang task force.
"I know there's a rush in the community to get these people responsible for this tragedy under arrest and held accountable, but these investigators, who are working very closely with prosecutors, know what it takes to have a good case, and that's what they're working on," said Sgt. Joe Heffernan.
The family says although their hearts are still hurting after losing Keondra last week, they are thankful for the blessing of Leondra's improving health Monday. They say her determination to get better is amazing. She is now breathing on her own and slowly trying to talk again.
According to the family, last week doctors were unsure if Leondra would be able to walk again. On Monday, she was moving her legs and doctors even tried to get her up and moving.
There will be a prayer vigil Aug. 14 for the two toddlers. It is being co-hosted by the Toledo Area Ministries and Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. The vigil will start at 5 p.m. at the Moody Manor Apartments on Kent Street. The public is welcome to attend.
There is also a memorial service planned for 1-year-old Keondra. It is scheduled for Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. at Tate Funeral Home located at 3302 Lagrange Street in north Toledo.
The housing project where the shooting happened is coming under scrutiny.
Police say they are at Moody Manor every day. It is a Section 8 housing project that has been a hot spot for crime. The complex is owned by Mareda Inc., a housing corporation set up by the Toledo Catholic Diocese to serve the poor.
Monsignor Michael Billian believes it is not the residents who are causing problems there.
"They're not residents involved, but people from outside the residence who have come in there and caused lots of crime issues," explained Billian.
Mareda has installed surveillance cameras and hired off-duty police officers to work security on a daily basis.
The diocese plans to meet with city leaders to try to improve security and prevent more tragedies.
"If there's something good to come from this terrible situation maybe we can make a better case with HUD about more dollars available from the individual rent to put toward security," said Billian.
Anyone with information that can help police should call CrimeStopper at 419-255-1111.
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