2 surrender in shooting of Darby girl
DARBY, Pa. - May 29, 2012 (WPVI) -- Police have two suspects in custody and searching for a third in connection with the stray bullet that struck a 12-year-old girl in Darby Borough.
Darby Borough Police Chief Robert Smythe tells Action News that a man and a woman wanted in connection with the shooting turned themselves in overnight.
22-year-old Joshua Singleton and 35-year-old Lynette Crawford, both from the 900 block of Forrester Avenue, remain in police custody at this hour.
Police, however, are still searching for Vernon Tyrone Smith.
Police say 12-year-old Tahtiana Diggs was struck by a stray bullet at around 2:30 p.m. following a heated argument between the two men concerning drugs on the block.
"An idiot takes out a gun, starts firing. A child getting into a car gets hit in the hip," Chief Smythe said.
Armed with assault rifles, police stormed the row home where the suspects were believed to be in, but the house was empty.
It appeared the occupants fled in such a hurry that they left the TV on and food cooking on the stove.
Two pit bull dogs were removed from the home by animal control for safe keeping.
Police say the incident began when one neighbor severely beat up another neighbor. A friend of the man who was attacked then ran home and came back with a gun and started firing.
Police say the 12-year-old was struck as she was getting into a minivan to go to a holiday barbecue with her grandfather.
"Society today is going to hell right quick in a [handbasket]," Leslie Baker, the victim's grandfather, said.
Baker says all he remembers is his granddaughter screaming after being struck.
"She was crying because she felt the sting of the bullet. So when they fired the second shot, I looked up to see what was going on, I told her to get on the ground," Baker said.
Tahtiana was taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where she underwent surgery.
Action News is told the 12-year-old will have to wear a colostomy bag for 6 to 8 weeks.
Baker says his grandchildren had moved from Philadelphia to escape this kind of violence.
"They came out here not to be in this environment from Philadelphia, but the environment is everywhere," Baker said.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Vernon Tyrone Smith are asked to call police.
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