Crews on the scene in the 1100 block of West 11th Street in Pomona, Feb. 20, 2017. Photo: OnSceneTV
Crews on the scene in the 1100 block of West 11th Street in Pomona, Feb. 20, 2017. Photo: OnSceneTV

Authorities Tuesday appealed for public help to solve the killing of an 8-year-old boy who was gunned down in a drive-by attack at a Pomona residence.

The shooting occurred about 6:35 p.m. Monday in the 1100 block of West 11th Street, Pomona police Lt. Alex Rilloraza said.

The boy was pronounced dead at a hospital, Rilloraza said. His name was withheld, pending notification of his next of kin. A motive for the shooting was unknown.

Pomona Police Lt. Eddie Hernandez told reporters the shooting occurred while the residents were hosting a dinner at which a number of children were present. He said he did not have information available for release on where the boy lived or where he went to school. He indicated, however, that the boy did not live at the home, but was visiting with his family.

“As a parent, as a longtime police officer in this community, this is right up there with some of the more senseless acts of violenece that we see as police officers,” he said. “We’re definitely going to investigate this the way we would any other investigation, but keep in mind a family lost an 8-year- old little boy today, and if there’s anyone out there that knows anything, any suspect information, any details whatsoever, however small they might be, we would appreciate that.

… This definitely can’t go unpunished,” he said.

Hernandez said a gunshot had been fired at the residence in January, but no one was home at the time and no one was hurt. It was unclear if that incident was related to the fatal shooting or if was a case of “mistaken identity,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez urged anyone in the neighborhood to call police if they have security camera video that could help solve the crime.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call Pomona Police at (909) 620-2085. Tipsters also can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

–City News Service

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