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Bicycle-riding shooter kills baby boy, injures father on Watts sidewalk

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East 105th and Hickory streets in Watts, where a 1-year-old baby was shot and killed on Monday, June 4, 2012.

Police are searching for a bicycle-riding gunman who shot and killed a 1-year-old baby as he was being held in his father’s arms in Watts on Monday evening.

According to the LAPD, the shooter is believed to be a teenager on a bicycle who rode past the 24-year-old father and his son at about 7:50 p.m., suddenly firing several rounds from a handgun, the L.A. Times reports. The father, standing in front of a house near East 105th and Hickory streets, was struck in the shoulder, the baby in the torso, CBS reports.

The shooter, said to be between 15 and 17 years old, fled on his bike and has not been found. The baby was rushed to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and died at about 11 p.m., according to reports. The father is said to be in stable condition.

Although a motive is not certain, several reports say that police are leaning towards gang rivalry as the cause of the shooting. According to the police, a clash between rival Latino and African-American gangs led to several deadly shootings last year -- and in Monday’s incident the shooter was African American, while the victims were Latino.

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Gang member sentenced for killing baby in Van Nuys three years ago

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Ricardo Hernandez

Justice has been a long time coming in the case of Andrew Garcia, a 4-month-old infant shot dead outside a Van Nuys home in 2009.

But today the baby boy’s killer, 26-year-old Ricardo Hernandez, was sentenced by a judge to eight consecutive life sentences plus 125 years, the county DA’s Office announced.

Hernandez, a member of the notorious Blythe Street Gang, was convicted by a jury on April 16 of first-degree murder, six counts of attempted murder and several gang and other enhancements, leading to a sentence that guarantees he will die in prison.

An accomplice in the shooting, Alfonzo Landa of Panorama City, pleaded no contest last year to voluntary manslaughter and attempted murder and was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison.

According to police, on Sept. 27, 2009, Hernandez and Landa approached a gathering on the 14300 block of Kittridge Street where people were celebrating Andrew’s baptism. Andrew’s babysitter, 28-year-old Anna Contreras, was feeding him inside a car.

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