Surveillance video released on Monday captured a shooting in Compton that left a 3-year-old boy dead.
Deputies have confirmed that the shooting, which happened around 7:45 p.m. Saturday, was gang related.
The footage, taken outside Nate’s Liquor on the 2800 block of West Alondra Boulevard, shows a man walk out of the store and approach a white vehicle. He then pulls out a gun and opens fire at another car, a dark-colored sedan.
The male driver of the dark-colored sedan produces a gun and fires back at the white car, where authorities said a toddler in a car seat was struck by a bullet. The windows of that vehicle appear tinted in the video, so it’s unclear whether the shooter knew there was a child inside, investigators said.
The 3-year-old’s mother was driving the white car away from the scene when she and the passenger noticed that the boy in the backseat was bleeding, according to investigators.
The couple pulled over at a parking lot of a restaurant about a mile and a half away, and deputies were called. Authorities said they took the child and rushed him to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he was declared dead.
The child has been identified by sheriff’s homicide officials as Franklin Ponros.
His suspected shooter, described by authorities as a documented gang member on parole, turned himself in at the East Los Angeles sheriff’s station on Monday afternoon. He had been identified as 29-year-old Dwayne Christopher Ward.