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Toddler Clings to Life After Being Shot in Head at Wedding

VIDEO COURTESY OF CBS AFFILIATE WISH-TV INDIANAPOLIS

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) An 18-month-old Indiana girl was in critical condition Sunday after being shot in the head when a man open fired during a wedding reception, police said.

The child, Yuridia Sosa, underwent surgery Sunday at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, said Lawrence police detective Gary Woodruff.

The child's mother, Mariela Rodriguez, and another woman were shot in the legs but expected to recover. The other woman's name wasn't released.

Three brothers — who witnesses said weren't invited to the wedding — got into a scuffle with guests Saturday night at a reception hall in Lawrence, a community within Indianapolis. At least two shots were fired as about 100 panicked wedding guests fled the building and ran into the surrounding park, Woodruff said.

"People were running just every direction," Woodruff said. "It was just chaos."

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

Ponce was being held without bond Sunday at Marion County jail, according to court records. It wasn't clear whether he had an attorney.

Witnesses said the men appeared to be looking for a fight.

"And at one point they stood up, turned a table over and started a scuffle with some of the other reception attendees," Woodruff said. "And then Francisco introduces a handgun into the fight."

He missed all the intended targets, hitting the child and her mother instead, according to the Indianapolis Star.

But according to CBS affiliate WISH TV, the guests did not wait for the cops before springing into action themselves. The guests grabbed 23-year-old Jose Ponce and held him down until police arrived, the station reports.

"Instead of them standing around they all ran toward one of the guys. They apprehended him. They started kicking him and they were holding him down until the cops got there," wedding guest Nancy Palma told the station.

Jose Ponce, 23, was arrested on preliminary charges of battery, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Franciso Ponce's older brother Isaias, 28, was charged with public intoxication.

All three brothers are from Indianapolis and were being held at the arresting processing center in Indianapolis on Sunday, according court records.

  • Edecio Martinez

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