Adreiona Taylor was formally charged Tuesday with two counts of attempted murder in a south Sacramento shooting that wounded a 6-year-old girl.
Taylor, 21, appeared in Sacramento Superior Court for the first time since her arrest Saturday suspected in a shooting that the victims' family members said stemmed from "bad blood" between Taylor and her suspected target. Taylor, who remains in custody, is to return to court Thursday.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s investigators say the girl was riding in the back seat of her mother’s car at Fruitridge Road and Lawrence Avenue last Tuesday evening when shots rang out from another car, striking the youngster.
Taylor also faces charges of assault and unlawful discharge of a firearm. The car’s driver remains at large.
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Sheriff’s deputies and a relative of the girl say a disagreement between Taylor and the girl’s mother sparked the shooting.
Lupe Bracamonte, the girl’s great-grandmother, told The Sacramento Bee that Taylor and the girl’s mother had had “bad blood” since the recent death of a mutual friend, telling a reporter that Sacramento County prosecutors should seek attempted murder charges against Taylor.
The 6-year-old continues to recover at a local hospital. Bracamonte said the child has undergone two surgeries and was expected to have had a third operation earlier today.
A handout photo shows the pajama-clad girl, both arms heavily bandaged, in her hospital bed surrounded by stuffed animals.