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A huge number of locals came to Mountain View Cemetery in San Bernardino yesterday to bid a final farewell to Ashley Ann Caldera, a Fontana girl shot dead last month while out celebrating her 16th birthday.
According to the San Bernardino Sun, people came by the hundreds on Tuesday, with cars filing in and out of the cemetery all day long and mourners waiting outside the chapel for their turn because it was too full.
Caldera was out with friends celebrating her 16th birthday on the night of May 26. According to police and family members, at about 11 p.m. she was at Northgate Park in Fontana, waiting for another friend to arrive, when someone fired on the group, striking Caldera. The county coroner says she was pronounced dead at the scene.
The girl was just finishing up her sophomore year at Fontana A.B. Miller High School.
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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Police officers called to a Boyle Heights neighborhood early this morning shot and killed a man armed with a rifle, authorities said.
LAPD spokesman Richard French told KPCC that at about 5:50 a.m. Friday morning, “Someone called 911 complaining that there was someone shooting a gun in a neighborhood, which ended up being at the 2500 block of Houston Street” in Boyle Heights.
Upon arriving, officers also heard gunshots, French said, and followed them to the back of house where they encountered a man wielding a rifle.
The man, described only as a Hispanic male from 25 to 30 years old, was shot and killed by police. No officers were injured.
At this point, French said, police do not know why the man was firing a gun, or why he failed to drop it when officers arrived.
A Fontana family remains in shock following this weekend’s shooting death of a teenage girl who was out with friends celebrating her 16th birthday.
Ashley Ann Caldera was at Northgate Park in Fontana at about 11 p.m. Saturday night, waiting with the group for another friend to join them. According to the San Bernardino Sun, they had only been there a few minutes when someone fired on the group, striking Caldera and killing her.
The girl was just finishing up her sophomore year at Fontana A.B. Miller High School, the Sun reports.
Fontana police have no suspects in custody at this time. According to the Sun, witnesses saw three Latino males in their late teens or early 20s fleeing the area after gunfire was heard.
Friends and family members are now left mourning the loss. A Facebook page called “R.I.P. Ashley Ann Caldera” has been set up, where loved ones can post pictures of her and write remembrances.