A 3-year-old boy in his crib was probably spared a bullet to his body because he was wrapped up in a heavy blanket when gunfire broke out outside his Palmdale home, sheriff's officials said.
Deputies said in a statement that a round that went through an exterior wall bruised and burned his lower back but "did not penetrate his body." The toddler was taken to a hospital for "evaluation and treatment," they said.
The shooting was reported at 9:51 last night in the 38000 block of 65th Street East, the L.A. Sheriff's Department stated.
Authorities received reports of three to five gunshots fired outside the toddler's home, with at least two rounds getting through exterior walls, deputies said:
Fortunately the victim, he was wrapped in a heavy blanket. The impact of the bullet only caused a large bruise and small burn on the victim, but did not penetrate his body.
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One bullet was found lodged in a mattress in the parents' room, they said.
The family has no gang affiliation, authorities said. The suspect fled on foot and was still being sought.
Any witnesses or anyone with information on the attacker was asked to call the sheriff's department at 661-272-2400.