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Baby, 4 months old, fatally shot in Van Nuys

September 27, 2009 | 12:02 pm


A 4-month-old infant boy was fatally shot in Van Nuys early this morning in an attack that also wounded a man and a pregnant woman, a Los Angeles Police official said.

Anna Contreras, 28, was feeding Andrew Garcia inside a car parked in front of what police described as a gang party in the 14300 block of Kittridge Street, Officer Norma Eisenman said. The child's parents were standing nearby with a group of people. 

Two suspects began arguing with the group about 1 a.m.  One of the two fired a shotgun six times and both fled on foot, Eisenman said. Eric Ramirez, 18, who was standing near the car, was shot, along with Contreras and the infant.

Contreras, who is pregnant, and the infant were transported to UCLA Medical Center, where the baby died shortly afterward. Contreras was in stable condition. Ramirez walked to nearby Valley Presbyterian Hospital. The relationship among the victims and suspects is not known.

-- Corina Knoll and Ari B. Bloomekatz

Photo: Andrew Garcia. Credit: The Garcia family