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Child hurt by flying glass after shots fired into Odenton home

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ODENTON, Md. (WJLA) - Just days after an 18-month-old was injured in a shooting, police held a community meeting about the growing violence in the area.

More than 150 gathered in Odenton, Maryland to hear their message as well as one from the family of the young victim. A school auditorium was filled Thursday night.

Anne Arundel County Police say that someone opened fire near a house in the 600 block of Cadbury Drive in Odenton just after 9:45 p.m. Monday.

Inside the home at the time of the shooting was a 25-year-old man, his 26-year-old wife and three children ranging in age from 7 months to 4 years old.

Area residents say they heard what sounded like firecrackers on Monday night, but it turns out that they weren’t firecrackers at all.

They were double shotgun blasts through Carly Moulton’s living room window. Her husband Aaron immediately yelled at everyone to get down.

The first blast went past Carly’s right ear, as she sat on the sofa nursing eight-month-old Cadence. The second blast hit 18-month-old Abigail, who was standing in front of the television.

Carly immediately thought the worst.

"I looked up and I just saw the whole right side of her face was covered in blood,” she said.

The shots missed her by just inches, but razor sharp shards of glass had sliced her forehead.

The family crawled to the bathroom, praying they were out of the line of fire.

"They're trying to send a message, 'Hey, you get involved, this is what's going to happen to you," said Carly.

Aaron Moulton didn’t want to appear on camera, but neighbor Donald Gum says the message is: Shut up about the escalating drug trade.

"[There's] high drug use in the neighborhood... It's like an open air drug market," said Donald.

Gum and Moulton believe they’ve been targeted because they are resurrecting a homeowner’s association and regularly calling the cops.

Anne Arundel police confirm they are taking the crime very seriously, and that the community will see a 'stepped up presence, from a patrol and investigative resources."

But it’s not enough for the Moultons, who say a shooter smart enough to avoid detection on the home’s surveillance camera will surely return.

Officials say that witnesses reported seeing a suspect with a long gun running from the scene and fleeing in what might be a dark red Ford Crown Victoria.

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