A baby was killed in a California drive-by shooting this week, US police have confirmed. Nine-month-old Darius King Grigsby died after he was shot during a drive-by shooting in Merced as his mother pushed him down the street in a stroller. Local reports state a passing car opened fire and hit the infant, who was pronounced dead shortly after.
Police responded to a call of a shooting on November 9 at 12.36pm PST (4.36am GMT), according to WHNS-TV, adding the perpetrators shot three times.
Officers located the mother and child in a local Mcdonald’s, and emergency services reportedly pronounced the infant dead on the scene.
There were no other reported deaths or injuries, and the Merced Police Department has since launched an investigation into the incident.
Police have clarified that Grigsby’s mother was accompanied by her boyfriend as she walked down the street with her son.
In a Facebook statement, Merced PD said: “Detectives responded to the scene and took over the investigation.
“It was determined that the shooting took place in the 1200 block of Q Street.
“Grigsby was being pushed in a stroller by his mother, who was walking down the street with her boyfriend.
“A vehicle drove by and one of the occupants opened fire, striking Grigsby.”
Police have not yet identified a suspect and have appealed for witnesses while the investigation is ongoing.
Officers are also searching for video surveillance of the street, which runs parallel to California’s Golden State Highway.
The shocking incident comes just over a month after police discovered the bodies of a murdered eight-month-old and her family in Merced.
A man suspected of killing the family of four recently pled not guilty to their murder.
Prosecutors charged Jesus Salgado with four counts of first-degree murder for the death of eight-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her parents Jasleen Kaur and Jasdeep Singh and uncle Amandeep Singh.
Prosecutors alleged that Salgado forcefully removed the family from their trucking business and have added a kidnapping charge.
Merced police believe the man was responsible for abducting the family at gunpoint in early October.
While they have not released details of a potential motive, Merced County Sheriff’s Office said they took Salgado into custody after his family told authorities he had admitted to being involved in the kidnapping.