A baby girl was shot dead in her crib just a week after her first birthday. Autumn Johnson was asleep in her family's converted garage in Compton when a gunman fired bullets into the building at 7pm on Tuesday with one of the bullets hitting her on the face. Police arrived minutes later they drove her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Investigators believe the shooter wanted to hit the child's 24-year-old father, who has acknowledged being a member of a street gang, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lt. John Corina said.
'He was probably the intended target, and a stray bullet caught his daughter,' Corina said, adding that the father was 'somewhat cooperative' with detectives.
Authorities were searching for the gunman and the driver of the getaway car. They were seen speeding away from the neighborhood in a dark sedan. According to witnesses, two black men in a four-door sedan drove up to the home shortly before 7pm before one got out the car and fired shots.