A 4-year-old kid was fatally shot in front of his parents in what officials in Southern California called an “unimaginable” road rage incident involving two suspects who allegedly followed down the victim’s family and opened fire on their vehicle.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the fatal shooting occurred Friday night in Los Angeles County after the perpetrators allegedly cut off the family’s car on a highway in Lancaster.
“It’s inconceivable. Any of our families could have been involved. “Any of us could have been it,” Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris told Los Angeles ABC station KABC.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement to ABC News on Sunday that a 29-year-old male and a 27-year-old woman were detained and booked at the Los Angeles County Jail on suspicion of murder. The names of the suspects were not immediately published.
According to the sheriff’s department, the incident occurred at 7:30 p.m. local time Friday while the victim’s family was driving on the Sierra Highway near Lancaster and encountered the suspects in traffic.
“During the incident, the suspect driver cut them off and then began following them through several surface streets,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. “While being pursued by the suspects, the victim driver slowed his vehicle, at which time the suspect driver pulled up along the passenger side of the victim’s car and began shooting.”
According to authorities, a gunshot was fired into the family’s automobile, striking the youngster in the backseat in the torso.
“His father and mother, who were in the vehicle, immediately transported him to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased,” said the sheriff. The identity of the youngster has been concealed pending an autopsy by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner.
The boy’s parents were unharmed.
According to Parris, investigators were able to identify and hunt down the culprits within hours thanks to crime-fighting technologies introduced by the city of Lancaster earlier this year.
The suspects’ vehicle was spotted by the city’s Flock Safety automated license plate recognition equipment, according to detectives. The technology is intended to decrease crime by alerting law enforcement when a stolen or wanted vehicle enters city bounds, according to Parris.
“We know where they’ve been, we know where they’re going, so when a crime is committed, we can go back in time and find out where they are,” Parris told KABC-TV.
The investigation was still ongoing on Sunday, and the sheriff’s office encouraged anyone with information to contact its homicide division at 323-890-5500.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, a website that analyzes shooting incidents around the country, this was the second time in two days that a kid was killed by gunfire in the United States. According to police, a newborn was tragically shot at a residence in Memphis, Tennessee, on Saturday.
According to Memphis ABC affiliate WATN, a 1-year-old baby was tragically shot at a home in Memphis, Tennessee, early Saturday morning.
According to the Memphis Police Department, officers went to an emergency call from a home in the Frayser community of north Memphis and discovered the mortally wounded baby inside. According to investigators, the infant died later at a hospital.
The circumstances of the incident are still being investigated, and the MPD has released no other information.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, at least 284 children aged 11 and under have been killed in shootings this year.