Teen Pleads Guilty To Fatally Shooting Oakland Toddler

OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — An 18-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of a toddler during the filming of a rap video in Oakland.

Frederick Coleman entered his plea as part of a deal with Alameda County prosecutors Thursday. He was charged as an adult with murder and attempted murder in the attack outside a liquor store.

Authorities say 23-month-old Hiram Lawrence Jr. was shot when Coleman and two other Acorn gang members opened fire. Six others, including the boy’s father, were wounded in the Nov. 28, 2011, attack.

Hiram was shot in the head and died 11 days later.

Coleman is expected to be sentenced to life in prison in April.

Two other suspects were indicted by a federal grand jury in 2012. Their cases are pending.

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