Coalinga boy survives gun shot to the stomach, police look for suspect


In the South Valley, Coalinga Police are looking for the suspect who shot a ten-year-old boy Wednesday night. Daymen Soto is recovering at Community Regional Medical Center where his family says he’s in extreme pain and a bullet is still in his back. But police say he wasn’t the intended target.

Just 24 hours after being shot in the stomach, ten-year-old Daymen Soto is still alive.

“No one should ever go through that, especially a child. How can someone do that,” asked Soto’s aunt.

She says she stayed up all night hoping her nephew would survive. Police say Soto was walking with his family in on East Valley Street near Warthan in Coalinga around 10:30 Wednesday night when police say at least five gun shots went off. One of the bullets hit Soto. His aunt says Soto was with his mom, siblings and other friends, getting ready for a sleepover. She says the whole family is traumatize by the attack.

“Yeah, there’s fear in him, fear in the children that were around, that saw it. They’re all scared. They don’t want to come out of their house,” said Soto’s aunt.

Police Chief Michael Salvador believes the shooter is a gang member and wants the public to speak up if they saw anything before or after the shooting.

“People that may have seen somebody running in front of their house at that 10:30 to 11 o’clock range. Maybe get in a car or drive the car away. We’re looking for vehicles that left the area during that time frame. Any description. Any piece of information,” said Salvador.

Soto was set to start football practice next week. Now he’s fighting the battle of his life.

“He is a fighter. He’s tough and he’s going to pull through it,” said Soto’s aunt.

If you have any information that could lead to finding suspects, call the number 559-935-3205. You can remain anonymous.

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