A one-day-old baby miraculously survived after a bullet hit him in a shooting incident that left both of his parents dead.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the one-day-old baby was in a car with his parents, Carlos Loera, 21, and Ashley Guzman, 18, when they were all shot.
The shooting was reported at about 6:30 p.m. on Sep. 4, 2023. The shooter approached a vehicle occupied by the three victims and fired several shots at them.
Loera died at the scene, and Guzman died at a hospital. The child was treated at a hospital and later released to family members.
LAPD Captain Jamie Bennett, in a press conference held last week, told reporters how the baby survived the incident.
“Miraculously, the child was in his car seat and the bullet passed through the car seat, slowing its velocity and not causing mortal or severe injury to the child,” Captain Bennett told reporters.
The LAPD linked the incident to two similar incidents which happened days later.
“A 17-year-old lost his life in a connected shooting 26 days later just four miles from Harbor City,” Bennett said. “Just a few days later, on Oct. 2, a 43-year-old man was reportedly seriously injured in an additional shooting just two miles from Harbor City.”
Daily Caller reports that LAPD homicide investigators linked the three incidents, leading to the arrest of a suspect in the cases, 20-year-old Dion Johnson.
The LA County Deputy District Attorney, Bobby Grace, revealed in a statement to the reporters that the District Attorney has filed charges against the suspect.
“We filed three counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder,” Grace said. “For the 260,000 souls in this district, think of how we are all injured. I represent three communities that had havoc and violence and chaos senselessly wreaked on them.”
Councilmember Tim McOsker, who represents the council to which the three affected communities belonged, said the gunman wreaked havoc on the communities affected by the shootings over just a few weeks.
“Today gives us an opportunity to stand up for the families and to stand up for the next generation of these families and generations of these families,” McOsker said. “We all need to work together to get guns out of the hands of cowards who cause this harm in our community.”