Mother of 3-year-old shot while sitting in car seat on North Clinton Avenue speaks out

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The mother of the 3-year-old who was shot during a gunfight is speaking out for the first time.

Dashaye Snow says they were stopping to get a snack after school when shots rang out. It was a day like any other for Snow and her three-year-old son Marlo Joseph.

“He said, ‘Mommy I had a good day at school,’” Snow said. “‘Can we go to the store?’ I said ‘OK, sure.’ We go to the store every day. It’s an everyday routine. We pick up from school and go get snacks.”

Dashaye says that after they got snacks on North Clinton Avenue, she buckled Marlo into his car seat, and that’s when shots went off. Her eyes filled with tears when she explained what she saw when she turned around to check on him.

“Not knowing my baby was already hit, that he was shot, it was the worst day of my life, to look down and see a bullet in my baby’s head,” she said. “I was devastated. I couldn’t breathe. I didn’t know what to do. He was making a weird noise. There was blood everywhere. I just can’t think about it.”

At that point, Dashaye and her mom rushed Marlo to the hospital. He’s since been on the road to recovery.

“To be three years old and shot in the head, my baby is fighting,” she said. “He’s strong. He’s doing good.”

Dashaye says what happened was horrific and she relives it every day. She pleads with the community.

“It has to stop,” she said. “Something needs to be done. It’s getting out of control. They almost killed my three-year-old son. It needs to stop.”

Dashae says Marlo is saying small words, but it will be a long road to recovery with therapy.