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9-year-old girl recovering after being shot in drive-by shooting in Mesa

Posted at 4:21 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 13:46:37-04

MESA, AZ — A 9-year-old girl is recovering after being shot in a drive-by shooting in Mesa Friday night.

Roselyn Ramirez was one of four kids shot in a parking lot at the intersection of Guadalupe and Dobson roads after an unknown gunman opened fire from a car.

A police spokesman said Monday the other six shooting victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The children's uncle said he is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who has information about the shooter. The Mesa Police Department also came forward and said that they're offering a $10,000 reward, and the ATF is also offering a $10,000 reward.

"We will get through this together. My sister is a really tough girl," said Saul Ramirez, Roselyn's brother.

Roselyn, 9, Citlali, 6, Edgar, 16, and Sebastian, 1, were all shot. Citlali, Edgar and Sebastian are siblings, and Roselyn's father is Edgar's Godfather. Sebastian passed away Sunday night from his injuries.

Edgar was grazed by a bullet on his upper thigh and has been released from the hospital. Citlali was shot near her knee and is expected to be okay but will need therapy.

Ramirez said Roselyn was shot in her back-right hip and that the bullet exited through her front left hip. She suffered a punctured bladder, punctured liver, kidney and artery damage. She has undergone multiple surgeries already, with another scheduled on Monday.

"If she wasn’t brought here by the police officer that found her and she waited for the EMTs, she would have died on-site from bleeding out," said Ramirez. "The main worry for her right now is circulation. It seems that her legs aren’t circulating blood very well," said Ramirez, who currently lives in Utah and is studying at BYU. He flew into Phoenix as quickly as possible.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by Ramirez to help with medical bills.

The Mesa Police Department is still searching for the shooter. Police say the suspect's car is a boxy, white SUV, much like a Kia Soul.

Mesa Police Department is asking the community for any information about the shooters that may lead to an arrest. If you have any information, please contact the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-343-TIPS.