EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect the latest information from law enforcement. (April 10, 2023)
FREMONT, Calif. (KRON) — A five-year-old girl died after being shot Saturday night on I-880 in Fremont, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP). The shooting took place on as the victim and her family were going out to dinner.
CHP officers said they were conducting a traffic stop with another vehicle when the victims of the shooting approached them and said their daughter had been shot.
Officials said someone pulled up to the victims’ car and fired shots. One of those shots hit 5-year-old Eliyanah Crisostomo. Eliyanah was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced deceased.
Her family described Eliyanah as a fun-loving little girl who was closed to her three siblings and was looking forward to celebrating Easter. She was just weeks away from her 6th birthday at the time she was killed.
According to a GoFundMe page in memory of Eliyanah, she was with her parents on the way to a family dinner at a restaurant in Milpitas when the shooting occurred. Eliyanah reportedly died within 30 seconds of being shot.
Eliyanah was a student at Central Park Elementary School in Santa Clara.
“We are devastated by the tragic and senseless loss of young Eliyanah,” said Superintendent Dr. Gary Waddell, of the Santa Clara Unified School District. “Our hearts are with her family, friends, and the Central Park community. We deployed a district crisis team this morning to support her fellow students and their families, as well as our staff, and have increased counseling support for her school community for as long as needed. We are all heartbroken to lose such a bright young soul as Eliyanah and Santa Clara Unified joins her family, friends, and community in their grief and will be there to support them through this difficult time.”
Santa Cruz police spotted a car around 10 p.m. that they believed to be connected to another shooting being investigated by the Fremont Police Department around the same time on the 37000 block of Fremont Boulevard. Police said suspects inside the car tossed a gun out the window. Officers were able to arrest three and recover the gun.
KRON4 had reported that Santa Cruz police initially said they believed the three suspects taken into custody were also connected to the shooting on I-880. However, the CHP told KRON4 that no arrests have been made in connection to that shooting. It is not yet known whether there is any connection between the two shootings.
The investigation is ongoing. The CHP has not released any information about shooting suspects or a suspect vehicle at this time. If you or someone you know have information regarding this incident, please call the CHP Investigation Tipline at (707) 917-4491.
Bay City News contributed to this report.