PORT HUENEME, Calif. (FOX 11) - A pregnant mother is recovering from gunshot wounds. Her daughter fighting for her life after a haze of bullets shot into their Port Hueneme home.
A controversy is brewing about the fire department’s response to the incident while the shooters remain on the loose.
Members of the Baptist church 2 doors down from the Davis family home gathered outside the small green house on Pearl Street to pray: “We ask you lord to help the Davis family... Lift up that baby right now.”
7-year-old Kaylaana Davis remains in a coma at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles after being shot in the head during a drive-by shooting. Police said multiple rounds were fired by two different weapons just after 10 p.m. Tuesday night.
Kaylaana’s pregnant mother, Maryam was also shot in the leg. She made the frantic 9-1-1 call to help save her little girl.
“She’s a doll, she loves church, she loves school, she loves her family, she’s just a loving child,” said
Willie Chester, a cousin of Kaylaana’s father Keith.
Police said, when the bullets stopped, Keith Davis rushed his injured daughter to nearby Fire Station 53 less than a block away, but they say when he knocked on the door for help, there was no response.
“Unfortunately the fire department was unresponsive and did not come out, and so we transported the child in a police unit to the local hospital. We believe they may have felt that they were threatened or felt gunfire was still going on out outside of the fire station,” said Port Hueneme Police Chief Andrew Salinas.
Late Wednesday afternoon, in a statement and a video posted to Twitter, Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen firmly disputed that claim.
‘’We’ve interviewed the firefighters on duty. I've personally reviewed all the video our firefighters responded professionally to victims of that shooting. The idea they didn’t respond because of gunfire was not accurate,‘’ said Lorenzen.
Meanwhile, as candles were lit and prayers offered outside the bullet-riddled house, Willie Chester had a message for those responsible.
“Put the weapons down...you’re a coward you pick up a gun you do a drive-by at somebody’s house you’re a coward, you are a coward, put the guns down.”
Police describe the shooting as a personal dispute and do not believe it was random. They are asking anyone with information to contact them.
Meanwhile, Kaylaana Davis remains in a coma in critical condition, her mother was treated and has joined her daughter at her bedside at children’s hospital.