Police in Southern California are searching for a man suspected of abducting a 3-week-old girl after shooting three people, including the child’s mother and father, inside a Long Beach home. The shooting took place Saturday just before 6 p.m. local time (9 p.m. EST), according to the Associated Press, which cited the Long Beach Police Department.
Long Beach police officers discovered two men and one woman with gunshot wounds while responding to a call reporting the shooting. Police representative Marlene Arrona told International Business Times by phone Sunday morning the shooting victims were hospitalized on Saturday night and that detectives were unable to interview them.
In an email, Arrona said the two male victims who sustained gunshot injuries are brothers and that one of the male victims is the father of the missing infant. "Two victims remain in critical but stable condition, at local hospitals," Arrona said. "The third victim has been treated and released. The suspect remains outstanding."
Detectives believe the man suspected of shooting the three also took the newborn and ran away, Arrona said. In a media release, Long Beach police described the suspect as "a male with dark skin, possibly Hispanic or African-American," who "fled the scene with the infant."
The release stated that no vehicle was seen leaving the location.
The California Highway Patrol has yet to release an Amber Alert because Long Beach police have not received “sufficient information to meet Amber Alert criteria,” Arrona told IBTimes.
Authorities are requesting that the infant, whose name is Eliza Delacrus and who weighs about 10 pounds, be turned in at a safe location.