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

Thursday, June 7, 2012

14 month old Los Angeles child shot to death

Angel Mauro Cortez Nava, age 14 months
How can babies be caught in the cross fire of bullets on American streets? This Los Angeles 14 month old boy died in the arms of his father, who was injured when a man on a bicycle opened fire. From the article:
"Gang violence touches everybody," he said. "People have to understand that even though gang members may target each other, victims cross a wide, broad swath. It's extremely unfortunate."
A teenage assassin wearing a hoodie and riding a bicycle killed Angel and injured his father, Mauro Cortez, 24, as the man cradled his son on the sidewalk near his home, police said.
The cyclist fired several shots as he rode by, police said.
The infant was shot in the stomach and died at a hospital following surgery. The father was struck in the shoulder and was released from the hospital Tuesday. (...) 
The city council voted Tuesday to offer a $50,000 reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest and conviction.
The Los Angeles Kings, on the verge of winning their first Stanley Cup, doubled the reward by offering their own $50,000, the team announced Tuesday night.
Tim Leiweke, president of the group that owns the Kings, said the team was offering the reward "to make sure everyone knows this is unacceptable in our city."
In an interview with CBS2 Tuesday, Cortez said through a translator that he was devastated. He asked the public for help finding the gunman.
'This has to stop'
The gang feud has resulted in more than a half-dozen killings in the area in the last year, police said.
Babies should not be shot by "assassins" on the streets of American cities.

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