Authorities in Los Angeles are searching for a teenager on a bicycle that shot and killed a one-year-old boy while his father cradled him on sidewalk near Watts.
According to Officer Karen Rayner of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations office, the deceased child’s father, believed to be in his 20s, was also shot and injured in the attacked which occurred on 105th and Hickory streets in Watts at about 7:50pm local time Monday.
After the shooting, the toddler was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery, but he could not be saved and died around 11pm. The father is listed in stable condition.
While little is known about the shooter, who fled by bike after his attack, LAPD Capt. Phillip Tingirides told KCAL-TV that police are investigating gang rivalry as a possible cause of the shooting.
Tingirides added that the Watts area has suffered a spate of fatal Latino and African American gang shootings over the last year.
“I’m so angry that this kind of thing could happen, because this is the scenario that we talk about constantly in community meetings and that is the innocent kids, in this case a baby, who get caught in the middle,” said Tingirides.
The attacker in the incident was described as a black male between the ages of 15 and 17, police said, and both victims were Latino.
KCAL-TV reported that anyone with additional information about the shooting was asked to call the LAPD.