A 4-year-old boy playing with stuffed animals in his family’s Southern California front yard was hit by gunfire and killed, authorities said Thursday. The boy was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities have not discussed a motive for the shooting and declined to provide additional information. Officers are also looking for a white 1990’s, four-door Toyota Camry with black bumpers on the front and back.
Residents said they heard multiple gunshots in the city about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.
Sheriff’s spokesman Adam Cervantes says deputies who responded to reports of gunfire found the seriously injured toddler Wednesday evening in Highland, Calif.
The young victim, Daniel Munoz, was hit in the neck by one of what witnesses say was many bullets fired near his home Wednesday night, July 29, officials said.
His mother, Yuliana Morales, had taken an elder sibling and cousins to an amusement park and promised the boy he could go next time, the Times said. She said there was not enough room in the auto to take Daniel and told him she would take him next time.