YAKIMA, Wash. -- A Yakima woman was shot in the back while sleeping in bed with her 10-month-old baby just inches away. It happened shortly after midnight Thursday on 6th Ave. south of Nob Hill Blvd.
Police say she is the innocent victim of a drive-by shooting outside her home.
"I couldn't even think of losing her or losing my wife," said Martin Alejandre, the victim's husband.
Alejandre says his 26-year-old wife Magaly and 10-month-old daughter Jayla are the light of his life.
They both came too close to death when police say gang members opened fire in a drive-by shooting outside their home on South 6th Avenue.
The two cars were driving down 6th Ave. when the shooter pulled out the gun and fired almost ten shots. One of those shots hit the home."
"The bullet hit just right here," Alejandre said. "And, then it went straight through to my wife's body so it was pretty powerful."
It went through the mattress and came out the other side, lodging in his wife's back.
"If it wasn't for the mattress or something else it would have killed my baby here," he said.
His daughter was sleeping just inches away in her crib.
"It kind of like makes me mad because me that don't have anything to do with this stuff happening to innocent people," Alejandre said.
It's the second time this year that a bullet fired by gang members have hit an innocent victim in Yakima.
"There is no rhyme or reason to what they are doing other than they are committing crime," said Yakima Police Captain Rod Light.
And drive-bys are the most dangerous.
"When they are just driving by and pulling the trigger, those bullets have go to go somewhere," Light said.
Martin has seen where they can go.
"If they have nothing else to do with their lives, they can just put the bullet on their head or something," Alejandre said. "Instead of going around and hurting other people that they don't even know."
His wife is expected to make a full recovery.
There have been no arrests in the case. Police don't have a description of a possible suspect.