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Child shot while in the back seat of mother’s car, Fresno police say

Police Lt. Charlie Chamalbide describes east-central Fresno shooting

Police Lt. Charlie Chamalbide describes a shooting in east-central Fresno that left a 6-year-old boy hospitalized.
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Police Lt. Charlie Chamalbide describes a shooting in east-central Fresno that left a 6-year-old boy hospitalized.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story reported the boy was 6 years old.

A 5-year-old boy was hospitalized on Monday after being shot in the torso while in the back seat of his mother’s car.

Police responded to a call of shots fired in the area of North Winery and East Yale avenues just west of Fresno Yosemite International Airport around 7:40 p.m., according to Fresno Police Lt. Charlie Chamalbide.

There, officers found more than 20 shell casing in the road, but no signs of a victim.

A second call revealed that boy’s mother had driven to Community Regional Medical Center, where the boy was admitted and was in critical but guarded condition, Chamalbide said.

The mother was being uncooperative, though she did say she was in the area picking up a second child when she heard what she thought were fireworks, Chamalbide said. When she discovered her son had been shot, she immediately drove to the hospital.

Several other cars were also shot and police believe it could have been a drive-by shooting, but have no information on possible suspects or vehicles.

Police on the scene of a possible drive-by shooting near North Winery and East Yale avenues in Fresno, CA.

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