A toddler was among those injured in a mass shooting on Saturday, Aug. 31, in West Texas that left seven people dead.
Anderson Davis, 17 months old, was injured with shrapnel to her chest, a hole through her bottom lip and tongue and damage to her front teeth, her mother, Kelby Davis, said.
Anderson was sitting in her car seat next to her twin brother when the gunman shot at her family’s car as it drove outside the Twin Peaks restaurant on Highway 191. Junior Bejarano, who works at Twin Peaks, told the New York Times, “She was conscious, but she was just covered in blood. It was horrible to see something like that.”
The shooting began during a traffic stop in Midland and continued as the shooter drove into Odessa 20 miles away. The suspect, a white male in his 30s, shot at random people before he was stopped and killed by police, Odessa police said.
At least 21 people were injured and seven people were killed in a mass shooting.
“We hurt so badly for the families whose loved ones didn’t survive this tragedy,” Kelby and Garret Davis said in a statement emailed to CNN. “We are thankful for our beautiful baby girl and look forward to reuniting her at home with her twin brother soon.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott read a text message from Anderson’s mother at a press conference Sunday, Sept. 1.
“Thank you all for praying. This is all of our worst nightmares. But thank God she is alive and relatively well,” Abbott read. “Toddlers are funny because they can get shot but still want to run around and play.”
Anderson will have surgery Monday, Sept. 2, to remove the shrapnel from her chest, fix her lip and mouth and “get a better look at her tongue.” The damage to her mouth was “pretty bad,” but can be fixed, Abbott said.
The toddler “doesn’t really comprehend what’s going on” and had been continuing to play and run before the surgery despite her serious injuries.
On Saturday, a spokesman for University Medical Center in Lubbock told CNN that Anderson was in “satisfactory condition” after the shooting.
Haylee Wilkerson, a family friend, set up a GoFundMe to help Anderson’s family for medical bills and costs.