Compton 1-Year-Old Shot And Killed In Crib
A baby who had just turned 1 years old last week was killed last night in Compton after a bullet struck her in the head while she lay in her crib.
On Tuesday night around 7 p.m., Autumn Johnson was with her family in their home on the 300 block of Holly Avenue when she was shot. Two men walked up to the attached garage where Autumn and her family lived and opened fire. The men never entered the building, merely spraying the residence with bullets before fleeing. The two suspects left immediately afterwards, and were seen driving southbound on Holly Avenue reports the L.A. Times.
A witness described hearing several shots, followed by a scream of "They shot my baby. They shot my baby."
Another witness, who called 9-1-1 after hearing the gunfire, described how just after the shooting occurred, she saw Autumn's father come outside carrying the limp child in his arms.
"Someone take my child to the hospital," the father said.
Upon arrival Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies rushed the child to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. According to KTLA, doctors worked to save the child for some time before pronouncing her dead.
Though authorities are searching for the two suspects, they only have a vague description of two black men leaving in a dark-colored, four door sedan to work with.
Although there is yet no established motive, Sheriff's Cmdr. Rod Kusch says there is a possibility this is gang-related, according to ABC 7. Right now, however, it is too early to know.
According to the Los Angeles Times Homicide Report, there have been eight homicides in Compton over the past six months.
Last October, a 9-month-old was hit by a stray bullet in Panorama City.