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Shelby baby released from hospital after being hit by bullet

Police said an 8-month old girl was wounded after shots were fired into a Shelby home. Police do not believe the child was the target.

SHELBY, N.C. — A Shelby 8-month-old girl has been released from the hospital after being treated for injuries from a gunshot wound. Police said an altercation happened outside a Shelby home and gunfire erupted. Baby Darbie was struck by a bullet that went through an outside wall.

Police do not believe Darbie or her family were intended targets. 

Darbie's grandmother Lisa Davis said Darbie is recovering well and was able to leave the hospital Wednesday. 

Baby Darbie was initially on a breathing tube, and a bullet was in her lung, according to Davis. 

"I truly believe that everything is moving in God's timing and according to His will," Davis said, in part, in a post to Facebook. "Thank you all for your prayers !!!"

Last week, Davis said her family was relying on their faith to carry them through.

Credit: Lisa Hopper Davis

“Just knowing that Darbie’s a fighter and God, I know my God, and I know she’s going to be OK,” Davis said.

The Shelby Police Department is speaking with witnesses and searching for more information on what led to the shooting. 

“You know every bullet that’s fired out of a weapon is going to end up somewhere, I think a lot of times people don’t realize the consequences of shooting a firearm or using a firearm in an altercation, this is tragic,” captain Brad Fraser with the Shelby Police Department said last week.

Anyone who has information on this can call Shelby police at 704-484-6845, or remain anonymous with a tip to the Cleveland County Crime Stoppers at 704-481-TIPS.

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