- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

ALTADENA, Calif. (AP) - A 4-year-old boy was killed and a 27-year-old man he was with on a porch was wounded in a drive-by shooting in Altadena, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said Wednesday.

Police were seeking a person of interest who had gotten into a heated and drunken argument with the live-in boyfriend of the slain boy’s mother, sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said.

The boyfriend and his brother - neither of them the man who was shot - were the intended targets of the shooting, Corina said.

The victims were in front of a home Tuesday night when someone in a dark-colored car pulled up and fired several shots before speeding away, according to Deputy Trina Schrader.

Both victims were struck multiple times. Shell casings littered the street and investigators said at least 13 shots were fired from a semi-automatic handgun.

Neighbor Cameron Jackson told reporters he came outside after hearing gunfire.

“I saw the mom,” he said. “She was screaming, ‘my baby, my baby.’”

The man and boy were rushed to a hospital. The boy, identified as Salvador Esparza III, died, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

The adult victim was a family friend and not related to the child, Schrader said. The man’s injuries were not life-threatening, she said.

Investigators were searching for a suspect but have not identified a motive.

Homicide Det. John Corina said authorities were looking into whether the shooting was gang-related.

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