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Bullet just misses head of 3-year-old as he sleeps in San Bernardino, authorities say

A 3-year-old boy in San Bernardino narrowly avoided death Monday when a bullet from a drive-by-shooting struck a wall just inches above his head while he slept, authorities said.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies are looking for the gunman who was in a car with three other passengers about 1:30 p.m. when he opened fire on a 13-year-old boy, his brother and his friend outside a home in the 6900 block of Tippecanoe Avenue, officials said.

The teen was struck once in the buttock and three other bullets hit a home nearby. One of those went through a window and lodged in the wall just above the toddler’s head, authorities said.

No arrests have been made, but police say security video is helping in their search for the occupants of the vehicle. Authorities released an image of the car in hopes that someone will recognize it. Anyone with information can call Det. Donald Patton at (909) 387-3545.

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The wounded teen was taken to the hospital for surgery and is expected to survive.

Joseph.serna@latimes.com

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