PALMDALE – A 3-year-old Palmdale boy was injured by gunfire as he slept in his crib Sunday night, authorities said.
The shooting happened around 9:51 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at a mobile home park on 65th Street East near Avenue R in Palmdale, according to a news release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. Read it below:
Sheriff’s deputies in Palmdale are investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting and injury of a 3-year-old in the 38000 block of 65th Street East, Palmdale.
Deputies responded to a call of three to five gunshots heard at the location. Upon arrival, deputies were directed to a gunshot victim, a 3-year-old boy, inside the location.
Preliminary investigation indicates gunshots were fired at the location, where one or more bullets penetrated the exterior wall and struck the victim in the lower back as he slept in his crib. Another bullet was found lodged in the parent’s mattress.
Fortunately [for] the victim, he was wrapped in a heavy blanket. The impact of the bullet only caused a large bruise and small burn on the victim, but did not penetrate his body. He was immediately transported to the hospital for evaluation and treatment.
The unknown suspect(s) fled the location on foot. There is no description at this time. The victim’s family has no known or suspected gang affiliation. The investigation is ongoing.
There is no further information available at this time.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale Station at (661) 272-2400.
If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477).
UPDATE: 3-YEAR-OLD DYLAN DOING WELL AFTER GUNSHOT INJURY
Three-year-old Dylan was back home and doing well Monday. His parents, Maribel and Isai Hernandez, spoke to reporters outside their residence.
They thanked God and said it was a miracle that Dylan escaped death or serious injury.
The family has lived in the mobile home park for the past four years, according to family friend Mario Morones.
“They’re a well-behaved family, they’re real humble,” Morones said. “They’re in church four days out of the week… it’s just something that they never expected to happen.”