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Family says woman shot while fishing along Gila River

Posted at 4:22 PM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 21:21:27-05

The daughter of a woman shot this week says her mom was fishing when a bullet hit her in the stomach along the Gila River.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting, which occurred on Monday around noon near El Mirage Road and Southern. According to the sheriff's office, it remains an active investigation and they are looking for a shooter.

On Wednesday, family identified the woman injured as Angie Lovato.

"You don't expect to get a call saying your mom was shot while she was out fishing," said the victim's daughter, Kim Barncastle.

Barncastle told ABC15 her mom and step-father routinely fish in that area and on Monday someone started shooting, perhaps unaware there were people further down along the river. She says her step-father tried to sound the alarm.

"He started screaming 'Hey there's people out here fishing," she said. "He heard my mom scream 'I'm hit, I'm hit.' It was in her stomach. He started screaming 'Hey you hit my wife. You hit my wife.' He didn't hear any more shots after that."

Barncastle says her mom underwent emergency surgery, had part of her intestines removed, and will remain in the hospital for a while. She hopes whoever pulled the trigger comes forward.

"I just want whoever did this or whoever knows about it to come forward," she said. "It was an honest mistake. I think it was an honest mistake. I don't think there was any ill intent."

If you would like to help, the family has setup a GoFundMe page to help cover costs.