Pregnant woman, 6-year-old child shot in Westwood

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A pregnant woman and her six-year-old child were rushed to the hospital after being shot overnight.

Police said the child, a baby and their pregnant mother were asleep inside their Westwood home on Dagan when someone walked up and opened fire.

The mother was shot in the hip.

Her daughter was shot in the backside.

Both victims were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Police said the mother was released, but the little girl remains at Le Bonheur.

While no suspect information has been released, police said they don't think this was a drive-by shooting.

Evidence from the scene indicated the shooting occurred at close range.

"Things are bad, but I never expected it to happen, you know, in this are,a because it's surrounded by gates. It's terrible," said neighbor George Thomas.

The crime becoming far too common. Another child falls victim to violence. Each story getting harder to hear.

Earlier this month, a two-year-old was shot and killed during apparent road rage, and just weeks before that, a 10-year-old girl survived after she was shot in the head.

More than 350 kids have been shot or shot at in the past year and a half according to MPD.

"These young people shooting at each other and being shot at, we as a community have to wrap around these children," said MPD Director Michael Rallings.

Rallings said he needs parents, churches, law enforcement, everyone to work together to stop this violence.

"I need parents and the community to be just as alarmed as I am when there's some young person involved in violence," he said.

Mayor Strickland's staff member Kyle Veazey released a statement, "Incidents like these are exactly why reducing violent crime is the mayor's priority. It's why we're rebuilding the Memphis Police Department, investing more in youth and community programming, continuing our focus on economic development, working to reduce recidivism and lobbying the state for stiffer sentences for violent crimes."

If you can help, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.