‘My baby didn’t deserve to be shot’: Mother of 1-year-old boy hit by Houston police gunfire speaks

HOUSTON – The mother of a 1-year-old boy hit by gunfire from a Houston police officer who was shooting at a robber earlier this month spoke about the incident for the first time Tuesday.

The shooting happened March 3 at a gas station at the corner of the Southwest Freeway feeder road and Beechnut Street.

According to police, the robber jumped out of a vehicle and into another vehicle where a woman was pumping gas. Police said they spotted a weapon as they moved in on the man and a 15-year veteran of the Houston Police Department opened fire, killing him.

Police said that a 1-year-old who was in the back seat of the vehicle at the gas pump was hit by gunfire.

Daisha Smalls, the mother of Legend Smalls, said she had just finished pumping gas and had gotten back into her vehicle when a man ran up and tried to force her out. She said she was screaming at the man that her baby was in the car and that she wouldn’t get out.

“I was just scared for my son’s life,” Daisha said.

Daisha Smalls, 19, said the man forced his way into the vehicle and that was when police opened fire, hitting her son. She said Legend suffered a gunshot wound to the right side of his head. She said the bullet has been removed from his brain, but bullet fragments remain.

“My baby didn’t deserve to be shot, especially by the police,” Daisha said.


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