A 3-year-old boy sleeping in his bed was struck by a bullet Sunday night after gunfire erupted outside his Palmdale home, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
The boy was hospitalized at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster with minor injuries, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials. He was expected to survive.
The boy was wrapped in a heavy blanket when the bullet hit him. The impact left him with a large bruise and a small burn, but the bullet did not penetrate his body, sheriff’s officials said.
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Three to five gunshots were reported just before 10 p.m. in the 38000 block of 65th Street East, officials said. A round pierced a wall and struck the boy as he slept in his crib.
Another bullet was found lodged in his parents' mattress, investigators said.
Deputies were searching for the gunmen, who fled on foot. There was no description available.
No further details were immediately available.