A toddler died Saturday after he was struck by a stray bullet when a car driven by his mother was struck by a stray bullet on Interstate 880 in Oakland.
The California Highway Patrol said it received a call about the shooting shortly after 2 p.m., NBC Bay Area reported.
The family told the station that 23-month-old Jasper Wu was in a car seat when the bullet struck him in the head. Two adults and two other children in the car weren’t injured.
Jasper was rushed to the University of California-San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital, where efforts to save his life were unsuccessful.
Police said evidence they collected appeared to indicate the family wasn’t targeted.
Family members are receiving help from Asian-American community organizations.
“Their family is now changed forever,” said Hudson Liao of organization Asians Are Strong. “Their lives are absolutely shattered and destroyed because we haven’t been able to protect our people in our city and our state at all.”
Detectives have asked for help from the public in solving the shooting. Anyone with information information should contact CHP’s Investigation tip line at 707-917-4491.
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[Featured image: NBC Bay Area screenshot]