Woman and Child Shot Dead in L.A. Park, Domestic Violence Suspected

A mother and her 5-year-old son were shot and killed in California on Sunday in what authorities believe may have been a domestic violence incident.

The Baldwin Park Police Department, issued a press release on its Facebook page on June 6 to confirm the details of the shooting that took place.

"It is with great sadness that our department reports the passing of mother and son that were the victims of a late-night shooting on Sunday, June 5, 2022," the press release stated. "The incident occurred near the 4200 block of Merced at approximately 9:20 p.m."

The female victim was declared dead at the scene while the child was sent to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Information Bureau released an advisory stating it was assisting with the investigation. The notice also confirmed the two victims were found in the rear yard of the shooting location suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper torso.

"Detectives believe this is a domestic-related incident, and the suspect fled the scene," Deputy of the Sheriff's Information Bureau Tracy Koerner said.

The coroner's office later identified the mother as 23-year-old Yesli Velazquez Gonzalez, according to a report by NBC Los Angeles.

ABC7 Eyewitness News spoke with several neighbors after the shooting and were told the suspect was the victim's current partner. It was not clear whether the suspect was the boy's biological father.

"We just heard gunshots, like five or six gunshots," neighbor Brian Sanchez said.

"My dad came out to see what was going on and the guy with the gun he was talking to my dad, too, but he just told him to 'go inside because there are gunshots. I suggest you two go inside.' We saw he had a gun in his hand."

"I was across the street and I just seen him, he got in his car and he took off," the neighbour added. "My mind was like why would he do that? Why would he do that to his family?"

The Baldwin Park Police Department press release closed by calling on the public to come forward with information.

"Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau at (323)890-5500," it stated.

"If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800)222-TIPS (8477).

"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victims during this difficult time."

Newsweek contacted the Baldwin Park Police Department for comment.

Stock image of a police banner. A Woman and child were shot dead and police have suspected domestic violence. Getty