Selma police amping up presence after two children were hit in apparent gang related shooting

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Selma police are increasing their presence on the streets after two children were shot Sunday night. Detectives believe the suspect may have mistakenly targeted the car they were in.

It happened around 8 p.m near the intersection of Yerba and Gaynor streets. Officers said it appears to be gang related.

Terry Reid a police sergeant said he wants people to know they’re focused on the case and also wants them to feel safe, so he’s been focusing on the neighborhood where the shooting happened.

“The community wants to know you’re out there. They want to see you,” Reid said, “It’s kind of assurance to the folks who live here that we do care. We’re focused on it and we want to make sure that doesn’t happen anymore.”

Sunday night’s victims were seven and six-year-old siblings. Police said they were sitting in the back of their parents car when it happened.

“That’s why last nights was a little different. It looks like it’s probably gang related,” Reid said.

The pair is now recovering at Community Regional Medical Center. Reid says Bulldogs and Surenos are the main gangs in town. He said while the number of members is decreasing, police are also seeing the next generation emerging.

“You think you get it quelled and get all the players corralled and you find out there’s a new group coming up,” he said.

Reid said it’s been quiet since the shooting, which is expected. He said the suspect is likely laying low, and the community is being extra vigilant.

“The public’s aware of it. They know what happened last night, you know the folks that live in that area, so they’re going to be looking as well. They want to keep their neighborhood safe,” Reid said.

Officers believe the suspect was driving a white car. They’re asking anyone with any information to come forward.

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