RICHMOND, Ind. (WDTN) — A family member of the victim told 2 NEWS her cousin, Christina Hampton, 22, is the victim of a home invasion and shooting that happened Tuesday night shortly after 9:30 at the Robert F. Smith Apartments in the 800 block of North 17th Street.
Johnly Maecarter said Hampton is in stable condition after being transported to Reid Hospital in Richmond and then flown by medical helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
She suffered a gun shot wound to her face, just slightly below her eye.
Hampton’s 3-year-old daughter was also in the home and found duct-taped by police. She is now with her father, but Maecarter said the toddler is now terrified and traumatized.
Witnesses told authorities they saw two men leaving the home after they heard gunshots.
Richmond Lt. Det. Christopher Taylor told 2NEWS that the department is conducting an investigation to find the two suspects.
He believes the community is safe, but notes that in the last three months, officers were called to the complex for shots fired.
“I don’t believe this was a random act and– I don’t ebelive this was a random act at all,” he said.
Hampton was a former Psychology student at Earlham College in Richmond, where family members said she was a Dean’s List student.
Only 2 NEWS’ Beairshelle Edmé was there inside the home with family members as they tried to clean up blood stains left from the shooting.
They told 2 NEWS that the young mom was always out of trouble and stayed on the right path.
They’re shocked that someone could target her and her young daughter.
Wednesday night, they’re making a plea for justice.
“Whoever that did this… that did this to Christina, you know, the person that Christina was a sweet person, she worked, she went to Earlam College– we just ask that you all turn yourself in, come forth. Enough is enough. Richmond’s too small for this,” said Maecarter.
Officials are asking anyone with authorities to call police immediately at 765-983-7247.