Children recovering after being shot in Selma on the way home from church


SELMA, California (KSEE) – Seven-year-old and 6-year-old siblings are recovering at Community Regional Medical Center after being shot while in the back seat of their parents’ car late Sunday night.

The shooting happened just before 8 p.m. near the Gaynor and Yerba intersection.

Selma Police Chief Myron Dyck said it was either a case of mistaken identity of the car that was caught in the crossfire.

At least 9 bullet holes are left behind on the silver car, as well as a flat tire and a car seat in the back.

Neighbor Elvira Surez was sitting in her home when she heard the gunfire ring out.

“All of a sudden I hear gunshots,” said Surez. “And they were repetitive gunshots. Pop. Pop. Pop. Pop.”

Surez said the shots paused for a second and started again.

“It sounded different that one,” said Surez. “It sounded like-pow, pow, pow.”

Soon police officers arrived at a parent’s worst nightmare.

“I witnessed a father with his little boy in his arms because he had been shot and the mother holding the other son standing up and he had been grazed by a shot,” said Surez.

Surez said the family was on the way home from a church service held every Sunday night at the old Salazar Community Center. She immediately prayed over the children with the parents until the ambulances arrived.

According to Chief Dyck, the children shot were both taken to the hospital and treated for gunshot wounds. One to the leg and one that had grazed on of the little boy’s arms. They are both in stable condition.

Police are still looking for the suspect and a white car that was seen driving in the area. Officers believe that the vehicle was involved in the shooting as well as another incident earlier in the day.

Surez still shocked by what happened as she looked back at the car.

“For them to think that they could just drive by and shoot that many times,” said Surez. “And not even a car. Anyone can get caught in the crossfire, a child, a mother pregnant, a son that is loved by parents. It is crazy.”

Police have not made any arrests yet.

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