A baby girl has been shot dead while riding in a car, US authorities have said.
The Cleveland county medical examiner’s office says emergency medics rushed the five-month-old girl to a children’s hospital, where she died after she was in the chest on East 143rd Street near Kinsman Avenue.
Police said the baby’s mother was driving with at least one other person in a neighbourhood a few miles south east of the city centre, and only the child, identified locally as Aavielle Wakefield, was hit.
SHE HAS A NAME: 5 month old, Aavielle Wakefield, was shot and killed in a drive by shooting in Cleveland on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/gKyLnYnilH— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) October 2, 2015
Officials suspect the gunfire came from an apartment building, but no immediate arrests were made.
It is the third deadly drive-by shooting of a child in Cleveland over the past month.
A three-year-old boy and a five-year-old boy were killed in September.