Woman shot in face and her daughter held at gunpoint in Palmdale home-invasion attack

A woman was shot in the face and her young daughter held at gunpoint after a man broke into her Palmdale home on Sunday night, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as 32-year-old Erin Mauldin, and the woman appear to have been strangers, according to the preliminary investigation, but deputies are still investigating what sparked the violent attack on the night, Lt. George Zamora of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies were called to the 1100 block east of Avenue R at 10:27 p.m. Sunday because a woman was being held at gunpoint.

Investigators believe the suspect broke into the home. The two were in a physical fight when the woman was able to get a pistol. However, the suspect was able to take the semi-automatic weapon from the woman, Zamora said.

“She was overpowered,” he said, “and the suspect shot her.”

The man then took the woman’s daughter at gunpoint just before he was confronted by MPs at the home. The man backed up and held the girl, but surrendered shortly after the deputies arrived.

“As soon as he saw the deputies, he gave up and threw the gun away,” Zamora said.

The child, whose age was initially unknown, was not injured. Her mother was taken to a nearby hospital and is recovering, he said. Her condition was stable on Tuesday.

Mauldin was booked on more than $1 million bail, Zamora said. Woman shot in face and her daughter held at gunpoint in Palmdale home-invasion attack

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