Crime

Coalinga drive-by: 3-year-old shot as she was held by dad

Jose Ramos Andrade was taken into custody in connection to the drive-by shooting that injured a 3-year-old girl late Monday night in Coalinga, according to police.
Jose Ramos Andrade was taken into custody in connection to the drive-by shooting that injured a 3-year-old girl late Monday night in Coalinga, according to police. Coalinga Police Department

A 3-year-old girl was shot in a drive-by shooting late Monday night as she was being held by her father inside a Coalinga home, police report.

Jose Ramos Andrade was taken into custody Wednesday for charges unrelated to the shooting but was nonetheless arrested for other charges, including threatening a police officer. He is expected to be transported to the Fresno County Jail on Friday.

Police learned of the incident as the father rushed into police headquarters holding the toddler. Police believe the shooting, in the 400 block of East Pleasant Street, was gang-related.

Police immediately called for an ambulance, and the little girl was airlifted to Fresno’s Community Regional Medical Center.

A police spokesman said the shooting took place about 10:35 p.m. as the girl was lying on her father’s chest when someone fired five rounds into the house. One bullet hit the child in the shoulder. Another bullet went through the house and struck a neighbor’s home.

Police want anyone with information to call 559-935-1525.

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