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Ex-felon charged with shooting 4-year-old boy; is arrested in Texas

July 24, 2009 |  4:00 pm

An ex-felon was charged today with five counts of attempted murder after a shooting Wednesday in which a 4-year-old boy was struck in the head by a stray bullet, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

James Leland Landrum Sr., 46, was arrested this morning in El Paso, Texas, and charged with the attempted murder of the boy — identified as Josue H. — his 6-year-old sister and three others.

The “felony complaint” against Landrum included gang and firearms allegations, according to officials in the district attorney's office. Prosecutors said they would seek Landrum’s extradition to Los Angeles for arraignment and trial.

The shooting occurred in Long Beach, in the 2100 block of Earl Avenue near 21st Street, just after 7p.m. Wednesday. Prosecutors said Landrum had been arguing in the street with another man when he pulled out a gun and fired once. The bullet missed the intended target but struck Josue, who was standing nearby, prosecutors said. The boy is “in stable condition,” prosecutors said.

--Ann M. Simmons