A homicide investigation into the fatal car-to-car shooting of a 10-year-old boy who was traveling in La Puente is continuing Monday morning.
The shooting occurred about 9:45 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of North Hacienda Boulevard and Amar Road, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.
The boy, identified by his uncle as Sebastian Falcon, was in the backseat with his brother and his mother and her boyfriend were sitting in the front when another car drove up, according to his uncle. Then someone fired at them.
Authorities said the boy was struck in the upper body by at least one gunshot. The car he was in drove away until law enforcement caught up about a mile away.
“They did drive away to not get continually shot at,” said L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Trina Schrader, describing the car with the shooter as a dark-colored sedan.
The victim was immediately taken to a nearby hospital, where he died from his injuries.
A GoFundMe account to help with funeral costs has been set up by the boy’s uncle, Jose Campos.
“He was just like any other kid, you know — he loves to play, he likes dogs,” Campos said.
“He was just in my house yesterday. They had left, and then this happened a few hours after they left my home,” Campos said, his voice choking. “I’m a little bit shaken up right now.”
Shrader said investigators canvassed the area late Sunday night and Monday, referring to the suspect car’s description in search of new leads.
Campos said he just doesn’t understand how his nephew could’ve been shot: “Who would do such a thing? To harm a child?”
He described Falcon as being from Pasadena but the boy’s family has ties to the La Puente area.
On the GoFundMe page, Campos described Falcon as a bright, loving, energetic child who loved dogs.
No possible motive for the shooting has been released by investigators, nor did they release a suspect description.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500. Those who prefer to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-8477.
KTLA’s Marissa Wenzke contributed to this report.