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Suspect Arrested Who Is Accused of Retaliating Against Good Samaritan By Killing 3-Year-Old

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Police in San Bernardino have arrested a teenager who retaliated against a Good Samaritan by shooting at the man's home, leaving one three-year-old dead and another infant and pregnant woman injured.

The suspect, a 19-year-old man whose name has not been released, according to L.A. Now, fired shots at a crowded front porch on Monday.

A man who lived inside the home said he intervened when he saw the suspect attacking a woman earlier that day. This allowed the attacked woman to escape, but the suspect came back and opened fire on the Good Samaritan's home.

Three-year-old Nylah Franco-Torres died at the scene. La-Donna Howie, 22, who is 5 months pregnant, was shot in the neck and her three-year-old Justine was shot in the head. Both are expected to survive.

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Howie's uncle John Prendergast said he and other family members were coming back from making funeral arrangements for Franco-Torres, when they saw the suspect being chased by police. Video surveillance from a nearby store showed the suspect beating the woman and helped police identify the suspect.

They found the suspect's girlfriend, who reluctantly cooperated with investigators, Prendergast said.