(FOX 11 / CNS) Desirae Macias ... the 7-year-old girl who was shot in the head in a car-to-car shooting in Palmdale early Wednesday morning has died. According to a broadcast report, Desirae was taken off life support late last night shortly before midnight.
Three men have been arrested in the case. 22-year-old Jesus Peralta of Palmdale, 19-year-old Carlos Peralta of Palmdale and 20-year-old Eduardo Diaz of Little Rock.
Each one is being held in lieu of 1 million dollars bail.
From Gina Silva:
7 year old Desirae Macias died late last night. The LA Coroner says they were notified of her death at 11:48 pm.
Her body is still at Children's Hospital Los Angeles because her family would like to donate the little girl's organs. She was on life support for nearly two days after being shot in the head. On Wednesday Doctors declared her brain dead. The family considered taking her off life support but changed their mind hoping and praying she might recover. Last night, shortly before midnight, she was taken off life support and died.
It was on Wednesday around 12:48am when Desiray was shot in the head while sitting in the back seat of her family car. Her mother's boyfriend got into an argument with several men at a gas station. That argument led to the shooting. The men chased after the family, shooting at their car several times. Desirae Macias was struck in the head. She was the only one injured. Three suspects believed to be gang members were arrested and charged with attempted murder.
They are identified as two brothers from Palmdale, 22 year old Jesus Peralta, 19 year old Carlos Peralta and 20 year old Eduardo Diaz, from Little Rock. All three were charged with attempted murder. Now that Desirae Macias has died, the charge will be upgraded to murder.
All three men are being held on a million dollar bail.
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(FOX 11) Desirae Macias' family is heartbroken, as the 7 year old clings to life. Neighbors and friends brought flowers and candles to show support.
Desirae Macias was shot in the head early Wednesday morning, and she is on life support. Her mom took a photo of Desirae in the hospital. Desiree's mother is asking for prayers for the little girl.
Family members describe Desirae was a happy and healthy child. Originally Desirae's family was going to take her off life support Wednesday evening, because doctors declared her brain dead. But then the family got a very small ray of hope.
"Tomorrow if her blood pressure is ok, it's even, they're going to study her brain to see if it's at least functioning a little bit… It's hard, just devastating, it's a desperate situation," said Rosa Galvin, Desirae's aunt.
The tests doctors want to perform on little Desirae Thursday morning are dangerous and her aunt says they require disconnecting Desirae from the machines that are keeping her alive, so there's a chance the 7 year old may not even survive the tests. But if she does, her mother will await the test results before deciding whether or not to keep her on life support.
(FOX 11 / CNS) A dispute that started at a Mobil station in Palmdale today ended with a 7-year-old girl shot, a sheriff's lieutenant said.
The car-to-car shooting happened near Sunburst and Stratford drives, shortly after two groups exchanged words at the Mobil station at Pear Blossom Highway and Fort Tejon Road about 12:30 a.m., according to sheriff's Lt. Glenn Brandon.
Los Angeles County paramedics, who airlifted the girl to a hospital, said she was in critical condition.
Sheriff's deputies said one group followed the other away from the Mobil, and shots were fired at several locations, Brandon said.
A a sheriff's deputy later stopped a vehicle matching that of the shooter's, and three men were arrested in a felony stop, he said. The names of the suspects were withheld pending booking. The wounded girl's name was unavailable.
Brandon said detectives found evidence at at least three shooting scenes, and shells were found at 57th Street and East Avenue S. Evidence also was being collected near Regency Place and Essex Drive, he said.
Anyone with more information was asked to call sheriff's deputies at (661) 272-2400. Tipsters can also call L.A. Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPs.
All tips can be made anonymously.
From Gina Silva:
Three suspects have been arrested in the shooting of a 7 year old girl in Palmdale.
An argument at a gas station led to the shooting. LA County Sheriff's Deputies say at about 12:38 on Wednesday, the family of 7 year old Desiree Macias got into an argument with three suspects in another car. When the family left the gas station they were followed by the suspects.
As the family drove home in the City of Palmdale, multiple gunshots rang out from the suspects vehicle towards the family's small car. The suspects chased the family through a residential neighborhood firing several more times.
The family headed home when they thought they lost the suspects. That's when they realized their 7 year old girl, Desirae Macias had been shot in the head. They called for help and she was rushed to a nearby hospital. Macias is listed in extremely critical condition.
A short time after the shooting, a sheriff's deputy was patrolling the surrounding neighborhood and saw a car matching the description of the suspects vehicle. A felony traffic stop was conducted by deputies and three suspects were detained without incident. All three suspects were booked at Palmdale Sheriff's Station for Attempted Murder.