The family of a toddler seriously injured in an explosion on a Plano shopping center earlier this month said they were grateful for the quick response from authorities.
The toddler, who is in critical condition, was visiting relatives in the Plano area on Monday when a bomb exploded in a shopping cart at the store, said her grandmother, Elissa Neely.
Police say the bomb was thrown by an unidentified suspect and was not aimed at them.
The toddler, 10-months-old, was in serious condition when she was taken to the hospital.
Her mother, Mary, said that she was surprised by the reaction of the local community.
“We’re thankful for the swiftness and the response of the authorities, especially after the explosion,” Mary Neely said.
“It’s really hard to get through all this.
I’m just grateful for what’s happening right now.”
The bomb went off just after 6 p.m. on May 25 near the Walmart on West 7th Street, injuring two people.
Two others were injured in the blast.
The other person was hurt by shrapnel and was treated and released from the hospital, police said.
The Plano explosion occurred two days after a similar incident on the same Plano intersection.
On May 24, an 8-year-old boy was seriously injured when a car ran a red light and hit him in the head and shoulder, police and witnesses said.
The boy was taken by helicopter to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston for surgery.
Police said they have not determined a motive in the May 25 incident, but the toddler’s father said he did not know the suspect or suspects.
The car was stopped near the mall, and when the car drove off, a second car followed it and struck the toddler in the neck, police say.
Police said they believe the suspect drove the car into the mall’s security gates, killing the toddler.