The great-grandmother of a 6-year-old girl who was shot while riding in the back seat of a car in south Sacramento last week said the girl is recovering from her injuries.
The biggest wound – a quarter-sized hole in her right wrist – is expected to keep the girl in the hospital for a few weeks, said Lupe Bracamonte. She called her great-grandaughter, Ieena, a “girly girl” who likes to joke and dance.
“She’s healing up pretty good,” Bracamonte said. “She’s recovering, but it’s still a traumatic event for her.”
The girl was shot last Tuesday evening as she rode with her mother at Fruitridge Road and Lawrence Drive, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies say someone in another vehicle fired shots into the car, striking Ieena.
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Deputies arrested Adreiona Taylor, 21, on Saturday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and were searching for the driver, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Both deputies and Bracamonte said the shooting followed a disagreement between the girl’s mother and Taylor.
“They had a mutual friend who had passed away recently, and from that incident, they had bad blood,” Bracamonte said. “I guess (Taylor’s) boyfriend passed away, and him and my granddaughter were really close.”
Bracamonte said Ieena had undergone two surgeries since she was taken to the hospital, and at least one more operation was planned for Tuesday morning. She said she does not consider the assault charge severe enough.
“She was attempting to shoot my granddaughter, but instead she got the back seat,” Bracamonte said, calling for an attempted murder charge instead. “It’s just tragic that someone would think that they could solve a problem with guns.”
Taylor is scheduled to appear in Sacramento Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.