Child killed by drive-by shooter in Pomona, suspect at large

- Candles burned bright Tuesday on what otherwise was a very dark day in Pomona.

A small memorial stood at a home on West 11th street where an 8-year-old boy was shot and killed inside.

“I just feel so bad for the family of the little boy and what they must be going through,” neighbor Patty Armiajo said.

Family identified the boy as Jonah Hwang. According to a GoFundMe page set up for funeral expenses, Jonah was known for his infectious smile and was adopted by his parents from a Taiwan orphanage three years ago.

“There’s no words to console the parents. There's no words,” another neighbor said.

Jonah and his family were guests for dinner at the home on Monday night when a drive-by shooter opened fire, according to police. The 8-year-old was killed when police say a bullet hit him inside the home.

“Those people didn’t even live there that little boy lost his life and now that family is destroyed,” neighbor Nicole Royen said.

Police called it an isolated shooting although the same home had been shot at before.

“We heard gun shots about a month ago and it did concern us at the time and it was daylight,” a neighbor remembered.

Investigators have no suspects in Jonah’s death.

“There’s very limited information, very limited witnesses at this time,” Lt. Eddie Vasquez with the Pomona Police Department said.

The shooter may have mistaken the house for another home in the neighborhood, according to Vasquez.

Nobody at the home where Jonah was killed is affiliated with any criminal activity.

There’s a public vigil to remember Jonah at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church at 1215 S. Hamilton Boulevard in Pomona.

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