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Infant killed in Van Nuys gang shooting

Police said the shooting that killed a 4-month-old boy and injured two others in Van Nuys early this morning was prompted by an argument between rival gang members.

The baby, Andrew Garcia, was being fed by a family friend who was holding him inside a car parked at 14300 Kittridge Street, close to the site of a party. Anna Contreras, 28, the friend, and Eric Ramirez, who was standing outside the car, also were shot and injured.

LAPD Det. James Nuttall said the baby’s  father “is linked to a criminal street gang” and that Ramirez is a known gang member. Contreras and the boy’s mother have no criminal history, he said. The group had been at the party about a block and a half away, Nuttall said.

Slain infant

Two suspects, believed to be members of a rival gang,  got into an argument with the group near the car  between midnight and 12:30 a.m., Nuttall said.

One of the two suspects fired a shotgun six times and both fled on foot, police said. Ramirez, 18, was shot, along with Contreras and the baby.

The infant was “caught in the middle of a gang confrontation,” Nuttall said. “It’s a disturbing crime scene.”

Contreras, who is pregnant, and the baby were transported to UCLA Medical Center, where the child died shortly afterward. Contreras was in stable condition. Ramirez walked to nearby Valley Presbyterian Hospital.

Nuttall says police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects involved and says, “Somebody has to come forward.”

Anyone with information about the crime can call police at (818) 374-0040.

-- Corina Knoll and Ari B. Bloomekatz

Photo: Andrew Garcia. Credit: The Garcia family

Comments () | Archives (254)

Ghettos should be bombed.
We need extermination squads.
Scum have no right to live.
Gang members live to terrorize others, and this world would be better without them and their equals.

Law enforcement is impotent. It's not working. They won't do anything about it. It's time to take this matter in to our own hands. Citizens, if you see a gangmember, kill them. Simple as that. T

Anyone who has a gun, and sees a gang member, shoot them before they can kill anyone else. If everyone keeps doing this, eventually we will irradicate the problem.

We need to arm ourselves and form together for the sole purpose of disposing of these animals. Forget sending them to an island, or putting them behind bars, it takes too long and is too costly. It is much cheaper and easier to just kill them.

Even if they are young, I'm sorry to say, they need to die too. They will grow to become horrible people and horrible gang members.

Remember to shoot for the head, the neck, or the heart. Shoot them again if they are still alive. Try to kill as many at one time as possible.

Hope this helps!


poor baby it wasnt his fault and erika im sorry for the loss of your baby cousin i know this lil boys cousin shes my friend and its sad to knw a baby got shot :[[[

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