California police reported that a 9-month-old baby boy was killed in a drive-by shooting. His mother had pushed him in a stroller Wednesday.
In a Facebook post, Merced police officers stated that they were called at 12:30 p.m. to investigate a shooting report. They arrived to find the mother and baby suffering from a severe gunshot wound.
Police wrote that the infant had suffered a fatal gunshot injury and was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the mother, she was pushing her baby in a stroller with her boyfriend when he shot at her. The baby was not struck, although they fired at least three shots.
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Police say the parents were walking the kid in a stroller when a drive by shooter fired off at least 3 shots. Only the child was hit. @abc30 pic.twitter.com/nMdASv8In0
— Corin Hoggard (@corinhoggard) November 9, 2022
The mother went to the restaurant with her child, looking for help.
The baby was identified by police as Darius King Grigsby.
KMPH-TV was told by a McDonald’s employee that the mother did not know that the baby had been shot. However, she believed the baby was choking from the gunfire.
“I have 3 children… it hurts,” said the worker unidentified. “I cannot imagine what she is going through.”
Investigators searched the area for witnesses and security footage. The police said that they have not identified any suspects and appealed to the public for their assistance. Police do not believe that the baby was the intended target of the shooting.
According to Lt. Joseph Perez, Merced police officer, “This happened at a hectic time of the day.” The Fresno Bee was informed by Perez. “If anyone out there saw something that the police did not speak to, they should reach out to us.”
Within hours of the incident, neighbors started to create a memorial at the spot where the shooting occurred.
The moment police took away the stroller in the fatal shooting was captured by KSEE TV cameras.
To help with the funeral costs, the family created a GoFundMe page.
Here’s a local report on the incident