Long Beach Police are still searching for a 3-week-old baby girl who is missing from a home in which her parents and uncle were found wounded. An adult male is being sought in the shooting, but the police haven’t said whether the man is related to the baby. Although the motive for the shooting is unknown, they do not think it was a random act, according to police spokeswoman Marlene Arrona.
Responding to a call about a shooting, the police went to the baby’s home and found her mother, father, and an uncle with gunshot wounds. As reported by the New York Daily News, two of the victims were admitted to the hospital and were listed in critical but stable condition. The third victim was treated and released.
Authorities believe that the gunman may have taken the infant, who weighs 10 pounds. The baby was identified as Eliza Delacruz, and the police has urged anyone who knows about someone who brought home an infant under suspicious circumstances to contact authorities or to take the child to a police station, a firehouse, or a hospital.
As reported by CNN, the only thing known about the shooter is that he is male and has dark skin. The shooting took place Saturday about about 5:50 in the evening, and there has been no new information regarding the whereabouts of the baby so far.
The police are using all their resources to find the child, including opening a tipline that allows people to call in anonymously if they have any information on the baby or the identity of the shooter. The tipline number was also tweeted by the LBPD Communications Center to inform as many people as possible.
3-week-old Infant Still Missing; Call Long Beach Police Dispatch (562) 435-6711; Anonymous Tips OK (800) 222-TIPS http://t.co/xiTPeIPx67
— Long Beach PD (@LongBeachPD_CA) January 4, 2015
The police released a photo of the baby shown laying down against a red background wearing a white dress with a white bow in her hair. While normally an Amber Alert would be issued for a missing child, there has been no information if one was issued in this case. A recent report in the Inquisitr demonstrated the effectiveness of Amber Alerts when a Kentucky infant was quickly found after his mother’s car was stolen with him still in it. An Amber Alert led two women to recognize the stolen vehicle, and when they saw the baby in it, they notified police. The 20-day-old baby boy was found safe and sound soon afterward.
[Image via Long Beach Police]