Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Friday, January 27, 2012

2-year old boy shot in head and killed in attack on home

Elijah Banuelos, age 2
Elijah Banuelos, who would have turned 3 years old in April, was at his Coachella, California home with male relatives, in the open garage, when a car pulled up. Several men got out of the car and opened fire.

Elijah was hit in the head and died shortly after. Two men with him were injured.

One man was treated at the scene after he suffered a graze wound to his torso. The other was hospitalized with a gunshot to the leg but was later released, police said this afternoon.
Cassandra Gomez, 22, said she lives down the street and was home at the time of the shooting.
"It sounded like they reloaded. They paused for a while and started up again," she said, adding that she heard about eight to nine shots.
The mother said she has lived in the neighborhood for about six months and heard gunshots only once, on New Year’s Eve. The drive-by shooting was shocking to her.
Other Rancho Mariposa residents declined to be identified, but said the house where the shooting occurred is occupied by a family with two young children.


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