3-year-old shot in Sacramento County identified

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A 3-year-old child was shot in South Sacramento on Tuesday. The child remains in critical condition Wednesday night. (Photo: Sacramento Co. Sheriff's Department) 

A 3-year-old shot in south Sacramento County and listed in critical condition at the hospital on Wednesday has been identified as Azalya, according to the sheriff's office.

In a statement, Sgt. Shaun Hampton said that someone called 911 on Tuesday about 9:30 p.m. about a child being shot in the 7400 block of Della Circle in south Sacramento County.

As sheriff’s deputies were arriving to the address, Hampton said they learned the 3-year-old was driven from the scene to an area hospital by private vehicle.  

Hampton said at this point, detectives believe the child was inside the home at the time of the shooting and the shots were fired from outside near the street.  Sheriff’s detectives on Wednesday continued to interview witnesses and gather evidence to try to understand what took place, Hampton said.

"There is no known motive for the shooting nor a suspect description available at this time," Hampton said.

He said the child has undergone treatment and remains in critical condition, but is unresponsive. 

Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident, to please contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP.  Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).