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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

TRAGIC: One-Year-Old Girl Killed By Bullet 'Intended For Father'

A BABY girl has become the casualty of a suspected gang attack after she was fatally shot while sleeping in her cot.

One-year-old Autumn Johnson died on Tuesday (Feb 9) after the suspect exited a car and fired at a converted garage where she lived with her parents in Compton.

“My innocent baby got shot for nothing. She was sitting — just standing in her crib — and out of nowhere, gunshots,” Autumn's mother, Blanche Wandick told the Los Angeles Times.

“That's all. That's all I can say. That's it. I miss my baby, I love my baby, but she is gone,” said the 21-year-old.
Investigators are trying to determine what prompted the violence and whether it was related to a gang dispute.

They believe Autumn's father, Darrell Johnson, may have been the target of the attack.

Lieutenant. John Corina said that 24-year-old Johnson was an admitted member of a local street gang.

“He was probably the intended target, and a stray bullet caught his daughter,” Corina said.

Her tearful father was seen carrying the girl from the garage in his arms, the Los Angeles Times reported.

She was taken in a police patrol car to hospital, where she died from her injuries.

Tributes to the baby who had recently began walking poured in on the site of her death.

Kenyia Hicks, Autumn's great-aunt, said the father alleged gang background gave no one the right to kill a baby.

“Our hearts are broken,” she said.

And in a message to the shooters, the 40-year-old added: "You know who you are. You know what you did. I serve a God that sits high and looks low, and there's no crack, no crevice, there's nowhere that you can hide, because God knows what you did, and I don't see how you can have a conscience knowing that you took an innocent life.”

Witnesses said one attacker drove the getaway car while passenger opened fire. Police are on a hunt for two African – American men.

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