In Los Angeles, a city with tight gun control regulations, a young couple was shot and killed on Labor Day as they were sitting in their car with their newborn child.
Reports said the incident occurred in Harbor City around 6:40 PM.
Carlos Loera, 21, and Ashley Guzman, 18, were sitting in the car with their toddler when shots broke out. While Guzman died later in the hospital, Loera was pronounced dead at the scene.
The child’s injury was minimal since the booster seat protected them from the fragments of the bullets that hit the parents.
At least five bullet holes were visible in the driver-side window of the Infiniti that was being processed by the police to collect evidence, as shown in a video captured at the scene on Monday.
An evidence marker was placed alongside a pair of Nike Air Max sneakers lying next to the car, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
FOX News reports that the newborn’s injuries were attended to, and the child was returned to family members.
The incident was likely related to an ongoing gang war in the area.
Mike Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety claims California has the strongest gun prohibitions in the United States. The state of California has enacted a wide variety of gun control measures, including universal background checks, a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” a ban on so-called “high capacity” magazines, a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases, a limit on the number of guns that law-abiding citizens can purchase each month, firearm registration requirements, a “red flag law,” and many more.
However, FBI data from 2021 shows that California has the highest “active shooter scenarios” rate in the US.
More than 17% of annual firearm killings in the United States occur in the state of California.