Police arrest suspect involved in shooting that injured child

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SCENE: The shooting happed just after 7 a.m. at the Coyote Run Apartment on the 3400 Block of North Sunrise Way, north of East San Rafael. | Screenshot source: Youtube

The Palm Springs Police Department has made an arrest Tuesday morning for the shooting that injured a child.

At about 5:30 p.m. Monday, police officers say they located an 18-year-old suspect in a vehicle in the 3700 block of North Indian Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.

Officers tried to stop the car but say the driver, who was identified as the suspect failed to stop. There was a pursuit that ended with the suspect crashing into another vehicle on Rosa Parks Road.

Police say the suspect tried to run from the crash scene but he was captured and arrested. A handgun was found in the car the suspect was driving.

The suspect is currently at John J. Benoit Jail in Indio facing the following charges:

• Four counts of Attempted Homicide

• Felony evading

• Illegal possession of a firearm

Rolondo C. Estrada: Father of the child who was victim of the shooting. | Screenshot source: Youtube

THE FACTS

A child remains in the hospital after being injured in a drive-by shooting Monday morning in Palm Springs. The shooting happed just after 7 a.m. at the Coyote Run Apartment on the 3400 Block of North Sunrise Way, north of East San Rafael.

The victim has not been identified, however, News Channel 3 crew at the scene spoke with a man who says he is the victim’s father, Rolondo C. Estrada. He said they were just getting ready to head out to school when the shooting occurred.

“I opened the door for my girlfriend so she could get in the car she was coming from the mailbox. The boys were in their seats, as I sat down in my seat, we heard two or three gunshots. My boy started screaming behind me so I got out of the car to check on him, it looked like the bullet grazed his back,” Estrada said.

Police said that the victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“He has a little bleeding…he’s bruised…everyone’s a little shook up,” Estrada said.

Residents say this isn’t the first time that a shooting has left the neighborhood on edge.

“Lately within the past two or three years the neighborhood has gone to trash,” Estrada said. “We’ve heard multiple gunshots around the neighborhood it’s scary for us we don’t feel protected at all.” At this time, there is no word on suspects in this shooting.

“At this point, it’s still early in the investigation we don’t know motive or anything like that,” said Sgt. Michael Casavan, public information officer for the Palm Springs Police Department.

Police were on scene for five hours gathering evidence. They are asking anyone with information to come forward. You can call PSPD at 760-773-3333. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call 760-341-7867.

Kylie Miller | Contributed

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