Sunday, July 26, 2009

Toddlers are for hugging not shooting

Jesus Christ on a hand stick!

What is the world coming to?

Toddlers shot in the head at a wedding?

Girl, 2, is shot at Lawrence wedding reception; 3 suspects arrested
By Bill McCleery -

A 2-year-old girl is in critical condition after being one of three people shot Saturday night at a wedding reception in Lawrence Community Park, police said.

The child, Yuridia Sosa, was in critical condition at Methodist Hospital after surgery today, Lawrence police detective Gary Woodruff said.

The child’s mother, Mariela Rodriguez, and another woman were shot in the legs but their wounds were not life-threatening, Woodruff said. The women were taken to Methodist Hospital. The other woman’s name wasn’t released.

Police said a dispute erupted during the reception, leading to the gunfire.

Officers arriving at the scene said they saw Francisco Ponce, 21, Indianapolis, run across a parking lot and toss a gun under a car. Ponce was arrested at the scene on a preliminary charge of attempted murder, Woodruff said.

His brother Isaias Ponce, 28, Indianapolis, has been charged with public intoxication, and a third brother, Jose Ponce, 23, Indianapolis, was arrested on preliminary charges of battery, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

Police did not disclose late Saturday if there was more than one gunman.

Lawrence Mayor Paul Ricketts arrived at the scene shortly after the shootings, which occurred about 10 p.m.

Investigators had to call for interpreters to help in the investigation Saturday night because the witnesses speak only Spanish fluently.

The 2-year-old is the second child to be shot in Marion County in four days.

Jeremiah Williams, 8, was fatally shot Wednesday night at a Northeastside Indianapolis apartment.

Indianapolis police said they think the boy was accidentally shot in the head during a domestic argument between a man and a woman at an apartment in the Hearts Landing complex in the 4300 block of Wittfied Street.

Joshua D. Germany was arrested in the shooting and faces a preliminary charge of murder.

Namar Taylor, 18, who was visiting the apartment, also was shot and is recovering at Wishard Memorial Hospital.