COMPTON (CBSLA.com/AP) — A 4-year-old boy was shot in the back of the head by a stray bullet Wednesday in Compton, authorities said.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials say the shooting took place shortly after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday near Atlantic Avenue and Compton Boulevard. The shooting incident started with a fight between several men outside a liquor store and ended with several shots fired.
The boy was taken to a hospital by responding deputies who didn’t wait for an ambulance, rushing the toddler to the hospital in a patrol car. The boy was in critical but stable condition Wednesday night after hours of surgery.
The child was sitting in a car seat in the back seat of a pickup when his mom innocently drove by and got caught in the crossfire. Witnesses said the mom may have been driving the boy to child care.
There were three cars hit by stray bullets, including the vehicle carrying the shooting victim. The back window of an SUV was shot out in the shooting, according to KNX 1070’s Margaret Carrero.
It wasn’t clear whether anyone else was injured. Earlier, detectives had detained two men, who are now considered victims possibly shot at.
A search for the shooter continues.
No arrests have been made.
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