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Mother, 2-year-old daughter injured in Christmas night drive-by shooting

December 26, 2015

A mother and her 2-year-old child were injured in a drive-by shooting in Richmond Christmas night that left the woman’s car riddled with bullets, but both victims with only minor injuries, authorities said.

Just before 11 p.m., police received a report of roughly 18 shots fired from their ShotSpotter system on the 600 block of Florida Avenue, said Lt. Andre Hill, a police spokesman.

As officers were responding, they spotted a car speeding away from the area and stopped the vehicle near the corner of 12th Street and Macdonald Avenue thinking the people inside may have been involved in the shooting, Hill said.

The occupants, however, turned out to be victims instead of suspects, Hill said, and they were on their way to a nearby Kaiser Hospital. One of the victims, a 19-year-old woman, told officers she believed her 2-year-old daughter had been hit by a bullet and an officer immediately rushed the child to a hospital.

It was later determined that the girl had glass fragments in her hair, but had not been struck by a gunshot, Hill said. The girl’s injuries turned out to be minor.

SF Gate