FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2010 Contact: Aurelio Rojas 213-280-6579
James Bolden 213-200-5314
BOARD APPROVES RIDLEY-THOMAS REQUESTS FOR REWARDS IN
SHOOTINGS INJURING 10-YEAR-OLD AND TODDLER IN COMPTON
LOS ANGELES – At Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ request, the Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved $10,000 rewards in separate shootings in Compton that left both a 10-year-old girl and an 18-month-old toddler hospitalized in critical condition.
The elder girl, Erika Miranda, was shot three times on March 2 by an unknown assailant while playing basketball at about 5 p.m. in the 1800 block of East San Luis Street.
Witnesses said that a male shooter walked up to a crowd and fired. The girl remains in critical but stable condition. Authorities are looking for possibly a newer model white Riviera.
The toddler, Linsey Baquedano, was struck by gunfire while with her mother in front of an apartment complex in the 800 block of 137th Street on March 7 at about 9:41 p.m.
Witnesses said a male shooter drove up in a possible brown sedan and fired shots into the crowd and sped away. The toddler also remains in critical, but stable condition.
The Board approved rewards in the amount of $10,000 each in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shootings.
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas urged anyone with information to contact Detectives Nina Gonzalez or Joseph Sumner with the Compton Sheriff Station Gang Unit at (310) 605-6522.
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