Man arrested after 8-year-old shot in the face during traffic dispute

Police say child shot in traffic incident

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - An 8-year-old riding in the car with her grandma is recovering after Cincinnati police say she was shot in the face during a Westwood road rage incident.

After a three day search, police made an arrest.

Police say it happened at the intersection of Eugenie Lane and LaFeuille Avenue this past Tuesday afternoon. Detective Joseph Coombs says 28-year-old Quinton Smith is the one who shot a bullet inside the car of a 73-year-old grandma with her three small grandchildren inside.

“The victims driving down the street said the car in front of them pulled up behind them started driving erratically and then ultimately fired one shot," said Coombs.

Coombs says the oldest grandchild in the car called for help after the bullet hit the back of the car window.

“The 12-year-old called 911 and stated they were just shot at -- then we received another call that his baby sister, was 8, was actually shot," he said.

According to police, the 8-year-old had a gash on the left side of her check. Coombs says the bullet narrowly missed another small child in the car.

“There was actually a 4-year-old in a child restraint seat -- that the round would have struck the back of the head of that 4-year-old if the head rest didn’t stop it," said Coombs.

Police worked throughout the week looking at surveillance videos from nearby businesses. Coombs says they were able to identify Smith’s car in a video leading to his arrest on Friday.

“We knew this was a very dangerous suspect that we needed to apprehend as quickly as possible,” said Coombs.

FOX19 is told the family involved is still too frightened to speak about it. Several on the street where it happened say they’re still shaken up too.

Police say that after Smith’s arrest he admitted to the shooting. Monday night, he remained at the Hamilton County Justice Center. His bond had been set for more than $1 million.

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