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Suspects sought in Compton shooting of kids

March 12, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Emotional pleas from the parents of two young girls shot and wounded in separate incidents in Compton. The shootings happened within a week of each other and only several miles apart. Authorities are asking for your help to find the suspects responsible.Investigators say these suspects are very dangerous people and in both incidents the shooters had no problem shooting into groups of people while children were present. In the Compton incident, the attacker pulled the trigger repeatedly, aiming at a 10-year-old girl.

"I just want to talk to the person who shot my baby," said Shameka Harris, the victim's mother.

Harris's 10-year-old daughter, Erica, was doing nothing more than shooting hoops in the front yard. A single gunman walked up San Luis Street, aimed and fired.

"He hit my little girl three times," said Alonzo Lemmie, Erica's stepfather.

The gunman who may be as young as 16 years old. He calmly shot two other people gathered at the location on Sunday, March 2.

"It was more than our kids. There were kids. And unfortunate it was our child hit," said Lemmie.

Five days later, 18-month-old Lindsey Cervantes was shot.

"She says, 'Please help, if you know who did it or who saw anything, I don't want this to happen to another mother,'" said Lindsey's mother Maria Cervantes.

"It was just a drive-by. They never stopped. They never got out of the car," said L.A. County Sheriff's Detective Joseph Sumner.

Lindsey is in critical condition. A bullet lodged in her spine. Two other people were also wounded but were expected to recover.

Detectives say the attackers were four adult men in a gray or brown four-door sedan driving east on 137th Street. The shooter propped himself out the car armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

"We don't know if he ran out of bullets or just stopped firing," said Det. Sumner.

Detectives need the public's help to identify the gunmen in both shootings.

"So please would you turn yourself in?" pleaded Shameka Harris. "Anybody who knows who did it, please turn him in."

If you have information related to these shootings, you're asked to call investigators at (800) 222-TIPS. You can leave tips anonymously.