EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in a drive-by shooting that killed an infant in the San Francisco Bay Area, in what authorities are calling a case of mistaken identity.
East Palo Alto acting police Capt. Jeff Liu says the Sunday shooting was apparently in retaliation for a May 31 beating the teen received in a fight between rival street gangs.
Authorities say the teen thought he saw two people involved in the fight in a car that belonged to the infant's parents.
The parents were leaving a baby shower with their two young children in tow when two gunmen fired multiple shots inside the couple's car and fled.
The infant's wounded father drove to the hospital as the mother who was also shot tried to shield her 3-month-old and 3-year-old children. The 3-year-old was uninjured, but the infant boy died.
The teen and a 16-year-old were taken into custody Sunday on weapons charges. The 17-year-old also faces a murder charge.