Crime & Courts

Charlotte toddler still in ‘good spirit’ after being injured in drive-by shooting, family says

A 2-year-old Charlotte girl injured in a drive-by shooting on Dec. 2 is home from the hospital as her same smiling, cheerful self, her great-grandmother said.

Mackenzie Baskins was in her bedroom when shots pierced her great-grandmother Daphne Baskins’ home on Capps Hollow Drive, west of Beatties Ford Road in northwest Charlotte.

Mackenzie never cried when bullets struck her legs and right arm, only when strange faces appeared in the form of paramedics, Baskins said. Mackenzie and her mom, Starasia Baskins, 18, live with Daphne Baskins.

Mackenzie spent 1 1/2 days at the hospital before she was released, Baskins said. Bullets grazed the backs of Mackenzie’s legs, and a bullet fragment will remain in her right arm until she’s older and can be more safely operated on to have it removed, said Daphne Baskins, 53, whom Mackenzie calls Nanna.

“She’s up and walking,” Daphne Baskins said at her home Wednesday night. “At first, she was dragging her leg. She’s in the same good spirit she’s always been.”

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have made no arrests in the shooting or in another drive-by shooting two nights earlier about 3 miles away off Beatties Ford Road. Police aren’t saying whether the two shootings are related.

“The department is working around the clock on these cases,” CMPD Officer Jessica Wallin said. “We have an increased uniformed and plainclothes presence in the areas and are leveraging all appropriate department resources.”

Daphne Baskins said she is still struggling with what happened that night.

“I still have nightmares,” she said. “All of us are still trying to piece our lives back together.”

However, family members are inspired by Mackenzie, she said.

“My three children are amazed at her spirit through all of this,” Baskins said. “They say if Mackenzie can be of good spirit through all of this, this gives us the courage to move on.”