The baby had just celebrated her first birthday last week. She was struck in the head as approximately 10 bullets sprayed the garage of her family’s house. Witnesses saw two men near the scene in a four-door sedan, KTLA reports.
According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the violence was gang related though the intended target is unknown.”It looks like somebody drove up and were shooting into the house at somebody else and the baby caught a stray round,” said LASD Lt. John Corrina.
Police arrived at the scene to see the child’s father holding his wounded daughter, and rushed her to a local hospital in a squad car (emergency responders had not yet arrived). Doctors worked to save her life, but Autumn’s was pronounced dead not long after her arrival.
Baby Autumn was originally reported as being 3 months old. The family has launched a GoFund Me account to raise money for her funeral.
Anyone with information on the shooting is encouraged to contact the LASD, or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
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