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3-year-old killed, toddler, pregnant mother wounded in shooting

September 12, 2011 | 10:54 pm

A man opened fire on the front porch of a San Bernardino home Monday evening, killing a 3-year-old girl and seriously wounding a second toddler and her pregnant mother, police said.

San Bernardino police responded to reports of shots fired at a house in the 1300 block of D Street at 7:46 p.m. Monday, according to San Bernardino Police Lt. David Harp.

The gunman apparently approached the house on foot, fired multiple rounds at the porch and struck the three victims before fleeing, according to San Bernardino Police Lt. Gwendolyn Waters.

“They were on the front porch, the children were playing, when somebody in the street opened fire on the front of the house, knowing those children were on the porch,” Waters said.

She said more children and adults were inside the house at the time of the shooting, although none was injured.

Relatives took the one of the wounded toddlers to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead, Harp said. Her name had not been released late Monday, Waters said.

The other girl was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where she was in critical but stable condition, Waters said.

The 22-year-old woman, who was five months' pregnant, Waters said, was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, where she was also in critical condition, Harp said.

Police said it was not clear why the victims were targeted.

"We’ve got a bunch of witnesses we’re talking to now," Harp said. "Hopefully we can piece something together.”

Waters said homicide investigators were also canvassing the neighborhood, looking for additional witnesses.

Those with information are asked to contact investigators at (909) 384-5742.


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