Crime & Justice

Arrest made in deadly shooting of 1-year-old Compton girl

File: A special bulletin issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, seeking information in the fatal shooting of 1-year-old Autumn Johnson in Compton.
File: A special bulletin issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, seeking information in the fatal shooting of 1-year-old Autumn Johnson in Compton.
Los Angeles County Sherriff's Department

A man has been arrested on suspicion of killing a year-old girl who was shot as she slept in a crib in a Compton home.

Police say Ray Howard Patterson, 23, was arrested Monday on suspicion of murder and remains jailed without bail.

Autumn Johnson was shot in the face on Feb. 9. Authorities say the gunman got out of a Chevrolet Impala and fired at least five shots at a converted garage where the child lived with her parents.

Investigators said they believe the gunman was shooting at the baby's 24-year-old father, who is an acknowledged gang member.

Authorities are still looking for the driver of the car.

Officials offered $75,000 in rewards for information leading to the girl's killers.

According to a press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Patterson is being held at Century Regional Detention Facility and is is set to be arraigned on Feb. 24. 

If you have information about this incident, contact the L.A. County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Or to provide tips anonymously, call "Crime Stoppers" at (800) 222-TIPS or visit lacrimestoppers.org.