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Crime Trackers: Drive-by shooting hits house where 8 kids were sleeping

TUCSON – A midtown house was riddled with bullets earlier this week as eight children slept in their beds. It occurred just after 1 a.m.

A concerned family, who asked not to be identified, said the parents after the first a series of gunshots, they checked on the kids and then they saw their backyard was on fire.

The family member said someone had shot at the electrical box, which caused the popping noise. She said when the parents went back inside the house, they found the front of the house had been riddled with bullets as they were outside attending to the fire.

The bullets the family member said grazed the sides of the one children’s heads. She said it was millimeters away. Another family member who was sleeping on the couch left the home at 12:30 a.m. After the shooting, they found five bullets had hit the couch.

Tucson Police Department said the family had been targeted. They are calling it a drive-by shooting. The family believes its gang related.

This stems from charges the parents filed against two alleged gang members who robbed their 11-year-old disabled son at gunpoint. They say the child was beaten unconscious and duo reportedly stole his $99 iPhone.

Tucson police identified the male suspects to be 13 and 15 years old. The family said they pleaded guilty and are scheduled to be sentenced on May 18.

Family members said over the course of the case, they have been threatened nearly a dozen times.

The family member said she is making a plea to the public for information regarding the drive-by and the fire to call 88-CRIME.

She also asked the public to show compassion and get these people off the street. She said because if they are willing to shoot at eight innocent children, who are they not willing to shoot?

The family said they have no gang affiliation nor are they involved in any illegal activity.


Lupita Murillo

Lupita Murillo is an investigative reporter. She is part of the Digging Deeper team that uncovers important issues focusing on crime that affects the community.

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