WACO (October 11, 2012)—Waco Patrol officers and members of the department’s Crimes Against Children Unit are “aggressively” investigating a drive-by shooting that left a 7-month-old boy in critical condition, but “very little information is coming in on the case so far,” spokesman Sgt. W. Patrick Swanson said Thursday afternoon.
“We are still seeking assistance from the public,” Swanton said.
Dmar E. Caufield of Waco was on a ventilator and in very critical condition after undergoing surgery Wednesday night at McLane Children's Hospital Scott & White in Temple for a gunshot wound to the head.
An update on his condition wasn’t available Thursday, however.
Swanton said Scott & White involved an opt-out option, meaning that no further information about the infant will be released.
When asked about the baby’s condition Thursday afternoon, hospital spokesman Scott Clark said, "I have no record of a child here by that name."
The infant was flown to Scott & White early Wednesday after he was shot in the head when somebody fired repeatedly at the house in which he was sleeping at 1609 North 18th St. in Waco.
Officers who responded to the shooting at around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday found the infant’s mother standing in the front yard of the home with the badly injured baby in her arms.
Because of the severity of the infant’s gunshot wound, officers immediately loaded mother and child into a patrol car and took them to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center.
The baby was then flown to Scott & White.
The infant's uncle, Craig Mays, 38, who was also asleep inside the house, suffered shrapnel wounds to the arm in the shooting and was taken by private vehicle to Hillcrest where he was treated and later released.
Six people including Mays, the infant, the infant’s mother and father, and two other children ages, 6 and 10, were in the home at the time of the shooting
“Witnesses described being awakened by gunfire into the home and then discovered the baby and Mays had been shot,” Swanton said.
“They did not see anyone nor were vehicles observed at the time of the shooting,” he said.
Investigators found at least three bullet holes in the house.
Police don’t know the motive for the shooting.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact either the Waco Police Department at (254) 750-7500 or Waco Crime Stoppers at (254) 753-HELP.