A California toddler has died after he was likely struck by a stray bullet while riding in his car seat on the highway, authorities and family said.
Jasper Wu was asleep in his car seat riding in his family’s white Lexus when the car was struck by gunfire Saturday afternoon on Interstate 880 in Oakland, news station KFSN reported.
Relatives said his mom had been driving the car.
The nearly 2-year-old boy was rushed with a head wound to the hospital, where he died from his injuries, police said.
The California Highway Patrol shut a section of the freeway to investigate, and the evidence indicates the child was caught in crossfire, officials said.
“Evidence collected on the northbound side of the freeway may indicate the victims were not targeted and the child passenger was struck by a stray bullet,” the agency said in a statement.
Police have not identified any suspects and are asking for tips from the public.
Oakland City Councilmember Noel Gallo slammed the fatal shooting as “unacceptable.”
“The reality is, this is insanity. I see it everyday, gang activity has risen, especially when it comes to little ones, someone’s family member, it’s unacceptable,” Gallo told the outlet.