2-year-old boy shot in Reedley, recovering in hospital

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Reedley police are looking for two men who shot a two-year-old boy Wednesday night. (KFSN)

Reedley police are looking for two men who shot a two-year-old boy Wednesday night. The shooting happened on the east side of Reedley at around eight o'clock.

The mom of two broke down as we talked about the toddler in Reedley who was shot in the foot and injured in the head about a block away from her home Wednesday night. She did not want to be identified.

"It's scary. It's always scary and it sucks that it was a two-year-old."

The shooting happened near east Duff Avenue and south Carolyn Lane. Police said the two-year-old boy's mom was here visiting her boyfriend at his home. It was when the boyfriend stepped inside to get something that two men walked up to the car, firing two rounds of gunfire.

"Is our belief at this time that the woman that was in the vehicle and the child were obviously unintended victims. Obviously this is a case that is very tragic. No child should ever be involved in anything like this," said Joe Garza, Reedley Police Chief.

Police said the incident is gang related and it comes seven years after a judge signed a gang injunction for Reedley. Shortly after that about 150 gang members were ordered by police to not hang out together.

City Manger Nicole Zieba tells us since then Reedley has become one of the safest cities in Fresno County.

"We have, for the last five or six years, seen very little gang activity with in our city limits. So we take incidents like this extraordinarily seriously. We will be investigating this, we will find out who did this, and they will be prosecute to the fullest extent of the law."

Parents agree that gang violence is nowhere near what is used to be, but they still live in fear of what could happen to their families.

"It's hard to let them play out in the front yard without having that wonder if somebody could come by out of spite to hurt somebody else," said the mother of two.

Now the toddler who was taken to the hospital by his mother is expected to make a full recovery.

Police said the two suspects-- who they need your help finding-- took off in what is described as a dark colored sedan.

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