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Desirae Macias Shooting

A 7-year-old Palmdale girl was gravely wounded in a car-to-car shooting that was sparked by an argument at a gas station.

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LANCASTER, Calif. (KTLA) — A car wash was held Saturday on behalf of Desirae Macias, a seven-year-old girl who was shot in the head, according to family members.

The car wash was scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sammy’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 44139 Sierra Hwy, in Lancaster.

It was hosted by The Good Times So. Cal Car & Bike Club, with all proceeds going to the Macias family.

Desirae suffered multiple gunshot wounds Wednesday in a car-to-car shooting, and remained on life support Saturday, her relatives told KTLA.

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Desirae Macias

A pair of Antelope Valley brothers were charged with murder Friday in the shooting that left the 7-year- girl brain-dead.

Jesus Alberto Peralta, 22, and Carlos Peralta, 19, appeared in court in Lancaster Friday afternoon on charges that they shot into a car, fatally injuring Desirae Macias, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Wearing green jail uniforms, the two were told their arraignment was postponed till Sept. 20.

The Peraltas allegedly confronted Macias’ mother’s boyfriend early Wednesday at a Palmdale gas station, issuing a “gang challenge,” according to the DA’s office.

After a brief confrontation, the boyfriend left the scene with his girlfriend and her two children.

Macias was shot in the head, authorities said. The District Attorney’s Office identified her by a different name – Desiree Ybarra – than the one provided by coroner’s officials.

A pair of Antelope Valley brothers were charged with murder Friday in a car-to-car shooting that left a 7-year-old Palmdale girl brain-dead.

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The Peralta brothers appear in court in Lancaster on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.

Jesus Alberto Peralta, 22, and Carlos Peralta, 19, appeared in court in Lancaster Friday afternoon on charges that they shot into a car, fatally injuring Desirae Macias, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Appearing in court in green jail uniforms, the two were told their arraignment was postponed till Sept. 20.

Macias remained on life support midday Friday after being declared brain dead late Thursday night, according to county Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz.

A vigil was held Friday night outside Macias’ house.

Macias’ aunt had told KTLA she expected the family to remove the girl from life support, which Dietz said was keeping Macias still breathing.

The Peraltas allegedly confronted Macias’ mother’s boyfriend early Wednesday at a Palmdale gas station, issuing a “gang challenge,” according to the DA’s office. After a brief confrontation, the boyfriend left the scene with his girlfriend and her two children.

The pair of brothers allegedly followed the foursome in a  car as they drove from the gas station, firing several rounds into the family’s vehicle, the DA’s office said.

Macias was shot in the head, authorities said. The District Attorney’s Office identified her by a different name – Desiree Ybarra – than the one provided by coroner’s officials.

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Desirae Macias

The Peralta brothers each face one count of willful, deliberate and premeditated murder and of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle. They also each face three counts of attempted murder. Allegations related to gang affiliation and gun use are also part of the case.

Bail for each brother was set at $8 million.

If convicted on all counts, the Peraltas each face up 185 years to life in prison, according to the DA’s office.

A third man had been taken into custody in the shooting, but prosecutors declined to file charges against him due to insufficient evidence, according to a spokeswoman for the DA’s office.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was still investigating Friday.

A girl who was the victim of a car-to-car shooting in Palmdale remains on life support Friday, officials said.

Desirae Macias

Desirae Macias

Desirae Macias, 7, was hospitalized in “extremely critical condition” early Wednesday after being wounded in the incident, authorities said.

Desirae’s family planned to remove her from life support once relatives had the opportunity to say goodbye, her aunt, Alicia Galvin, said Wednesday.

“They’re going to disconnect her; we’re just waiting for the grandma to get there,” Galvin said.

KTLA incorrectly reported early Friday that Desirae had been removed from life support and had died.

But midday Friday, coroner’s officials said that she was in fact still on life support.

“She is still on the ventilator. She is brain dead. She is not going to recover,” Lt. Larry Dietz told KTLA just after noon Friday. “It’s between the doctor and the family as to when they disconnect the life support.”

Three men were arrested in connection with the shooting, which occurred following an argument between the suspects and the boyfriend of Desirae’s mother at a gas station in Palmdale.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Desirae Macias was removed from life support and had died late Thursday evening, but a coroner’s official said Desirae remained on life support as of midday Friday. Also, an earlier version of this story misspelled Desirae Macias’s first name. The story has been updated to reflect the changes.

A 7-year-old Palmdale girl who suffered multiple gunshot wounds Wednesday in a car-to-car shooting is expected to be removed from life support, in accordance with her family’s decision, her aunt said.

palmdale-girl“Her heart’s pumping because she’s on medicine. Her organs are only working because she’s on life support,” Alicia Galvan said of her niece, Desiree Macias. “Her brain’s not functioning. She was shot in the head.”

Desiree’s mother, both grandmothers and other family members were at her bedside Thursday. The girl’s father, who is in prison, was allowed to say good-bye over the phone.

The shooting was reported at 12:50 a.m. Wednesday, just after the girl and her family left a Mobil gas station at 5564 Fort Tejon Road, near Pearblossom Highway, in Palmdale.

The shooting followed “verbal contact” between the family of the girl and the occupants of another car, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release.

According to family members, the mother’s boyfriend went into the convenience store to buy some items.  While standing in line to check out, he was approached by two men who began taunting him.

Desiree Macias in her hospital bed

Alicia Galvan provided this photo of 7-year-old Desiree Macias, a shooting victim, in her hospital bed.

He tried to leave, family members said, but the men blocked the door.

“So he tried to get around them because he didn’t want any trouble.  But they wouldn’t let him go, so he maced them and ran off and that’s when they started chasing them,” aunt Alicia Galvan said.

The girl and her family drove away from the gas station when the shooter or shooters followed them in another vehicle and opened fire, authorities said.

Those in the second car fired several times, chasing the family through a residential neighborhood, the sheriff’s department said in the release.

After “evading” the second vehicle, the family discovered 7-year-old Desiree Macias had been shot, authorities said.

Family members are devastated by what happened to the girl.

“She was just starting…I mean, I’ve lived my life.  Take mine.  She was just starting out. She was just starting second grade,” her aunt Rosa Galvan said.

Homicide detectives had taken over the investigation due to the Macias’ extremely critical condition, the sheriff’s department said in a news release just before noon Wednesday.

Investigators found shell casings on the ground at the gas station and at two other locations, including one near the family’s home.

Three people were detained when a deputy stopped a vehicle matching the description of the shooters’ car.  The three suspects were booked for attempted murder, but their names were not released.

Investigators believe two more men were in the car that opened fire.

Authorities asked those with information to contact Palmdale Station detectives at 661-272-2400. Those who wish to remain anonymous, may call “LA Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-8477, texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

A 7-year-old girl was hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds Wednesday after several people in a car chased and fired on a vehicle containing her family.

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Desiree Macias, 7, was shot while riding in a car with her family.

The shooting was reported at 12:50 a.m., just after the girl and her family left a Mobil gas station at 5564 Fort Tejon Road, near Pearblossom Highway, in Palmdale.

The shooting followed “verbal contact” between the family of the girl and the occupants of another car, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release.

According to family members, the mother’s boyfriend went into the convenience store to buy some items.  While standing in line to check out, he was approached by two men who began taunting him.

He tried to leave, family members said, but the men blocked the door.

“So he tried to get around them because he didn’t want any trouble.  But they wouldn’t let him go, so he maced them and ran off and that’s when they started chasing them,” aunt Alicia Galvan said.

The girl and her family drove away from the gas station when the shooter or shooters followed them in another vehicle and opened fire, authorities said.

Those in the second car fired several times, chasing the family through a residential neighborhood, the sheriff’s department said in the release.

After “evading” the second vehicle, the family discovered 7-year-old Desiree Macias had been shot, authorities said.

The child was listed in extremely critical condition with a bullet lodged in her head.

Family members were devastated by what happened to the girl.

“She was just starting…I mean, I’ve lived my life.  Take mine.  She was just starting out. She was just starting second grade,” her aunt Rosa Galvan said.

Desiree’s mother, both grandmothers and other family members are at her bedside.   The girl’s father is in prison.  He was allowed to say good-bye over the phone.

Doctors were planning to evaluate Desiree’s condition on Thursday. No decision on life support was expected before the evaluation was complete, according to family members.

Desiree Macias in her hospital bed

Alicia Galvan provided this photo of 7-year-old shooting victim Desiree Macias in her hospital bed.

“Her heart’s pumping because she’s on medicine. Her organs are only working because she’s on life support,” Alicia Galvan said. “Her brain’s not functioning. She was shot in the head.”

Homicide detectives had taken over the investigation due to the Macias’ extremely critical condition, the sheriff’s department said in a news release just before noon Wednesday.

Investigators found shell casings on the ground at the gas station and at two other locations, including one near the family’s home.

Three people were detained when a deputy stopped a vehicle matching the description of the shooters’ car.  The three suspects were booked for attempted murder, but their names were not released.

Investigators believe two more men were in the car that opened fire.

Authorities asked those with information to contact Palmdale Station detectives at 661-272-2400. Those who wish to remain anonymous, may call “LA Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-8477, texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

 

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