A mother's plea to killers: Give up Mother of 3-year-old slain in gun battle wants killers to surrender.

August 20, 1991|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

To the assailant or assailants who killed 3-year-old Shanika "Nik Nik" Day: Her mother wants you to surrender.

"If you sat down and thought about the way I felt, turn yourself in," Mona Lisa McClain, 19, Shanika's mother, said yesterday afternoon.

She refused to recall the fatal shooting as her tired eyes stared aimlessly in her family's dining room in northwest Baltimore. One of her hands gripped a crutch.

McClain, who also has a 2-year-old son, was released yesterday from Sinai Hospital for a leg wound she received in the same shooting that killed her daughter and a 19-year-old man, Steve A. Cochran, of the 500 block of Laurens St.

Another man, Bryant Jones, 18, of the 2300 block of Allendale Road, was treated and released from Sinai for an arm wound, police said.

According to police, about 11 p.m. Saturday, McClain, of the 1900 block of Chelsea Road, and at least 14 others were in the 2100 block of Garrison Blvd. when at least two gunmen opened fire. At least 12 rounds were fired, police said.

Police said Cochran grabbed the child to protect her. McClain's family said she grabbed the child and ran.

After the gunfire, Cochran lay dead and Shanika was barely alive, police said.

He had been hit at least four times and the bullets passed through him and struck the child, police said.

McClain took her child to a nearby fire station.

Shanika died at 1 a.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Police said the gunmen left in a burnt orange or maroon Toyota.

No arrests have been made in the case, but police said the shootings may have been drug-related. Both Cochran and Jones have arrest records for narcotics violations, police said.

Meanwhile, Shanika's family has finalized funeral arrangements for the little girl, who was to begin pre-kindergarten at Edgewood Elementary School in September.

Shanika's body will be on view from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Nutters Funeral Home on Gwynns Falls Parkway. A funeral will follow, family said. Shanika will be buried at a cemetery in Harford County, family said.

"If I could find the guy who did this to my niece, I'd [shoot him] myself," said Shanika's uncle, Jerry McClain, 38, "to let him know how it feels to have someone shot for no reason at all."

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