The Latest: Official: Father of slain baby is gang member

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The Latest on the shooting death of a 1-year-old girl in Compton, California (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

A Los Angeles County sheriff's official says a bullet that killed a 1-year-old girl in her crib at a Compton, California, home was likely meant for her gang-member father.

Lt. John Corina says the child was killed when a gunman got out of a car and fired at least five rounds Tuesday evening at a converted garage where the family live.

A bullet hit the child in the head. Deputies rushed her in their patrol car to a hospital where she was declared dead.

Authorities say the gunman sped away in a dark sedan driven by another man.

Corina tells The Associated Press that the girl's 24-year-old father has acknowledged being a member of a street gang. Corina says he is being somewhat cooperative with detectives.

Compton Mayor Aja Brown identified the child as 1-year-old Autumn Johnson. The mayor says the city must take a renewed stand against gang violence.


7 a.m.

Los Angeles County authorities say a 1-year-old girl has been shot in the head and killed at a house in Compton, and they're seeking two men as suspects.

Sheriff's officials say the baby was hit by gunfire from outside at about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Deputies rushed the girl in their patrol car to a hospital where she was declared dead.

Deputies are searching for two men who were spotted fleeing the residential neighborhood in a dark sedan.

Sheriff's Cmdr. Rod Kusch tells the Los Angeles Times ( that one or more gunmen opened fire on a group of people, and "clearly the baby is an unintended victim."

Kusch says detectives are investigating whether gang rivalries are involved.