Three suspects have been arrested in the attempted murder of a California mother, who was shot multiple times at a gas station while her young infant son was in the vehicle’s back seat.
The victim, who has been described by authorities as a Black female between the ages of 20 to 30 years old, is in critical condition. The woman’s young son was miraculously unharmed by the gunfire. The victim has not been identified.
The Lancaster Station of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department released a photo shortly after the incident showing a deputy sitting in front of a baby carrier at the scene as he tried to comfort and distract the boy.
“Deputy Josef Schirmeister is part of the community in/out of uniform,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a statement on social media about the image. “Thank you Josef for comforting this precious 1 year old baby boy caught in the middle of a violent act that has left his mother in critical condition.”
The sheriff’s station received a call around 12:53 a.m. Wednesday about a gunshot victim at a Lancaster gas station.
They arrived to find the woman “sitting in the driver side of a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body,” authorities said.
The woman was transported to a local hospital, where she remains in critical condition.
Three suspects, who have not yet been identified, were later arrested in Anaheim after a short vehicle pursuit, local station KTTV reported.
Authorities believe the woman may have been the victim of a robbery.
Fox 11 reporter Bill Melugin wrote on Twitter that the sheriff’s office said that a female passenger who had been with the victim had gotten out of the car and gone into the gas station just before the shooting.
While she was inside, another car with two men pulled up and attempted to rob the driver. The female passenger then ran out of the store and got into the car with the two men — suggesting she may have been involved in the shooting.
Sheriff's officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the shooting.
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