Six-year-old recovering from drive-by shooting

Posted at: 01/23/2013 9:33 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4


A 6-year-old Carlsbad girl is recovering from a gunshot wound caused in a drive-by shooting earlier this week.

"It hurts when you touch it," Emma Hernandez said.

She woke up her father Mark Hernandez around 3:00 a.m. Monday night. He thought she was having a nightmare, because she wasn’t crying – but she said her arm hurt.

"She was covered in blood just from head to toe. I was like, oh my God, I jumped up and she had the bullet in… it looked like a cut on her arm," Hernandez said. "It was a terrifying experience, your kid knocks on your door, you answer, and she’s covered in blood instead of just having a nightmare or something."

It turns out Emma was hit by a bullet shot by one of two 14-year-old boys who were riding around a Carlsbad neighborhood, shooting at homes. Police have arrested Moses Christian Cabezuela and Zane Fernandez and they’re charged with shooting at a dwelling, shooting from a vehicle and tampering with evidence, but Emma’s parents say that isn’t enough.

"I want these kids punished," mother Joann Williams said. "I know that they were kids but this was completely senseless, it’s like they have no regard for life or anybody, of all people they hurt my 6-year-old daughter asleep in her bed where she should be safe. We shouldn’t be afraid to put our kids to bed at night."

Emma’s parents say she was a trooper at the hospital, and that they cried more than she did. Emma says she feels alright, and is grateful they didn’t shoot her baby sister Lily.

"I’m glad it didn’t hurt Lily because it would have hurt really bad," Emma said. "Because she’s my little sister and I love her and I didn’t want her to get hurt at all."