Brothers arrested in shooting that injured girl

2014-07-19T00:00:00Z 2014-07-19T10:05:23Z Brothers arrested in shooting that injured girlArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Two brothers have been arrested in connection with a road-rage shooting that injured a 9-year-old girl Thursday evening.

Oscar Ruiz Santa Maria, 19, and Carlos Fabian Santa Maria, 20, fled the scene, but were arrested later that night, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department.

The shooting occurred at about 6 p.m. in the area of East Irvington Road and South Campbell Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a 9-year-old girl had been shot in the leg. She was taken to a local hospital and released late Thursday night, Dugan said.

Detectives investigating the incident learned that the shooting was the result of a rolling argument between occupants of two vehicles.

“At one point during the argument, guns were displayed and gunfire was exchanged from both vehicles,” Dugan said.

The girl who was shot was riding in a vehicle driven by her father. Also in the vehicle were a woman and an 11-year-old boy, Dugan said. No one else was injured.

The Arizona Department of Child Safety (formerly Child Protective Services) was called and the children were temporarily placed with family members.

The second car, a white Dodge Neon, fled before police arrived. Detectives tracked down the car and arrested the brothers.

They face one count each of drive-by shooting. Additionally, Carlos Santa Maria, who was the passenger, faces four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Charges are pending against the driver of the other vehicle, Dugan said.

Kimberly Matas

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