Two-year-old shot at nail salon in Vallejo

February 14, 2012 7:20:36 PM PST
Police now know who was targeted in a Vallejo nail salon shootout where three of the 41 bullets hit a toddler. That little girl is improving and is now in stable condition.

A teenager and three adults were also hit during the shootout. Police are still looking for one gunman, possibly two. Police confirm a female customer inside Tina's Nail Salon was the intended target and that one of the five shot, a 17-year-old boy hit outside the salon, is a person of interest.

Witness Jeremy Brown says the loud gunshots came just seconds after he saw two suspicious looking young men on a street corner.

"I was just over there and I seen two guys and next thing I know we heard all the gunshots you know... and we got down and it was crazy," said Brown.

Police now say 41 rounds were fired in a gun battle among three armed men -- two suspects and the third was the boyfriend of a customer inside Tina's salon. When the shooting stopped five people, including a 2-year-old Oakland girl, were injured. The others include a 17-year-old boy and 32-year-old man outside the salon and inside, the toddler's 47-year-old grandmother and a 27-year-old salon customer who police say was the intended target.

"She was inside the store getting her nails done by a technician when the suspect opened up the door, produced a handgun and started firing at the 27-year-old victim," said Lt Vallejo Police. Ken Weaver.

The boyfriend of the targeted woman is 32-year-old Chester Landers, who pulled his own gun on the suspects.

"As the suspect backed away, he engaged the suspect with a firearm and fired several rounds at him," said Weaver.

Landers was not injured, but was later arrested for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. On Tuesday, Vallejo police detectives went door to door interviewing possible witnesses and looking for surveillance video from nearby businesses.

"It makes no sense. It makes totally no sense. I hope the baby is all right. I really am, I hope everybody's OK, but I've really been concerned about the little baby," said Veronica DuBose of Vallejo.

Some of the bullets went through some of the neighboring businesses from some high powered weapons. Two guns with extended capacity magazines were found at the scene.

A family member told ABC7 the girl is doing quite well, despite being shot three times. The big concern now is infection.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Vallejo police Detective Fabio Rodriguez at (800) 488-9383 or the anonymous Solano Crime Stoppers tip line at (707) 644-STOP.

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