Girl in Critical Condition After Palmdale Shooting

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.

“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.

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