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Suspect in toddler shooting has ‘no conscience,’ family says

September 15, 2011 | 12:22 pm

San Bernardino police arrest suspect in toddler shooting
A relative of the victims in the San Bernardino shooting that claimed the life of a 3-year-old girl said investigators informed the family on Wednesday about the arrest of a suspect.

The suspect, a 19-year-old man whose name has not been released, fired shots at a crowded front porch on Monday, apparently in an act of revenge, also injuring a pregnant woman and her 3-year-old daughter, police said. An hour before, a Good Samaritan who lives in the house saw the suspect beating a woman down the street and stopped the assault, allowing the woman to escape.

"We're happy, of course. This individual can't hurt anybody else,'' said John Prendergast of Hesperia, the uncle of La-Donna Howie, the 21-year-old pregnant mother who was shot. "To shoot a little child, this guy has no conscience whatsoever."

Prendergast said he and other family members where returning from making funeral arrangement for his 3-year-old grand-niece when they saw the suspect being chased and arrested by police.

Prendergast said investigators told family members that video surveillance from a security camera at a nearby store helped them identify the suspect. The video showed the suspect beating the woman, and also showed the Good Samaritan rescuing her.

"They found the girlfriend first, and they were working on her to give information about the guy, but she didn't want to at first,'' Prendergast said. "I guess that changed."

A police news conference is scheduled at 4 p.m.


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Photo: San Bernardino Police Department officials held a news conference Tuesday to provide details of the shooting. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times