UPDATED: Girl killed in car-to-car shooting in Palmdale

The suspects in their vehicle chased the family’s vehicle through a residential neighborhood firing several shots. One of shots hit a 7-year-old girl. Officers were investigating multiple crime scenes Wednesday morning. (Photo by ED FROMMER)

The suspects in their vehicle chased the family’s vehicle through a residential neighborhood firing several shots. One of shots hit a 7-year-old girl. Officers were investigating multiple crime scenes Wednesday morning. (Photo by ED FROMMER)

Desiree Macias

Desirae Macias

PALMDALE – A 7-year-old girl is in critical condition after she was wounded in a car-to-car shooting in Palmdale early this morning. A family member identified the victim as Desiree Macias and said she was shot in the head, according to NBC Los Angeles. Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting, which is being investigated by the Sheriff Department’s Operation Safe Streets (OSS) gang unit. The following is the press release from Lieutenant Glenn Brandon of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.

On Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at approximately 12:38 a.m., there was a verbal contact between the occupants of one car (suspects) and the occupants of a second car, which was a family including a 7-year old girl.

The family drove away from the gas station at Fort Tejon Rd and Pearblossom Hwy (“Four Points”) in Palmdale. The family was followed by a vehicle which contained several suspects.

As the family drove through the intersection at Sunburst Drive / Stratford Drive in the city of Palmdale, multiple gunshots rang out from the suspects’ vehicle towards the family’s vehicle. The suspects in their vehicle chased the family’s vehicle through a residential neighborhood firing several more times.

After evading the suspects’ vehicle, the family discovered their 7-year-old girl had sustained a gunshot wound and called for help. The child was transported to a hospital by Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel. She is described as being in extremely critical condition.

A short time after the shooting, a sheriff’s deputy was patrolling the surrounding neighborhood and saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspects’ vehicle. A felony traffic stop was conducted by deputies, and three suspects were detained without incident. All three suspects were booked at Palmdale Sheriff’s Station for attempted murder.

Multiple crime scenes are being held for investigation and the processing of evidence.

It is not yet clear as to the motivation for the shooting or if there was any type of confrontation at the gas station prior to the shooting.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Palmdale Sheriff’s Station detectives at 661-272-2400. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Editor’s Note: We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

UPDATED @ 12 p.m. 9/4/13: Due to the extremely critical condition of the 7-year-old girl, homicide detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are now handling the investigation. This according to an updated LASD press release issued just moments ago. Larger news outlets are reporting that the shooting left the child brain dead, and that family members will soon be removing the child from life support. 

UPDATED @ 10:30 a.m. 9/5/13: SUSPECTS NAMED

Detectives have named the three suspects arrested in connection with the shooting of 7-year-old DESIREE MACIAS, which occurred in the 5100 block of Essex Drive in Palmdale.

22-year-old Palmdale resident JESUS PERALTA; 19-year-old Palmdale resident CARLOS PERALTA; and 20-year-old Littlerock resident EDUARDO DIAZ were arrested early Wednesday morning and booked at Palmdale Sheriff’s Station for attempted murder. Each suspect is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. Their booking photos are not being released at this time.

Detectives are not looking for any additional suspects.

Macias was still listed in extremely critical condition as of Thursday morning. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

UPDATED @ 8 a.m., 9/6/13: GIRL HAS DIED

7-year-old Desirae Macias of Palmdale was pronounced dead at 11:28 p.m. Thursday night, according to LA County Chief Coroner Ed Winter. [Her name is actually spelled Desirae not Desiree, Winter said.]

UPDATED @ 2:35 p.m, 9/6/13. According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, doctors pronounced the child brain dead late last night, but she remains on life support. We contacted the LA County Coroners office again, and Chief Ed Winter said the case was reported to the coroner’s office around 11:28 p.m. Thursday. However, the discrepancy could be due to the fact that the child is being keep on life support to allow for her organs to be harvested.

  106 comments for “UPDATED: Girl killed in car-to-car shooting in Palmdale

  1. Heartbroken
    September 9, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Praying for a miracle!!!

    • Heartbroken
      September 9, 2013 at 9:15 am

      And to ALL OF YOU pointing fingers and passing blame, UR ALL MISSING THE POINT!!! This type of senseless violence happens every single day!!! And it’s usually the innocent who pay the price!! There is no regard for human life anymore. It really doesn’t matter who said what to who, or who was wrong or right!! The fact of the matter is a poor innocent child paid the price!! Life is precious!! Once it’s gone we can’t get it back…. No argument or unpleasant words can ever be serious enough to take a life!! Ignorant a**holes piss me off EVERYDAY around here and yes, sometimes I take the impulsive action of telling them what I think of them. We are all guilty of it! The guy that cut u off on the road. The one that took ur place in line or took ur parking space. Etcetera etcetera etcetara…. We don’t always have patience and tolerance for these inconsiderate low life’s!! But no one expects a life to be taken over it. So for me, personally, I know I’ll think twice the next time I wanna tell some POS what I think of them! And I’ll be grateful knowing that I didn’t have to lose anyone over some petty bs!! I would die if I ever had to make the decision that poor mother has to make to pull the plug on her baby!!! No mother should ever have to go through that! EVER!!!! I just don’t understand how these gun toting “hardasses” justify pulling a trigger like its nothing. No matter how much of a “thug” u think u are, don’t u still have a conscience? And even if u hate kids and just don’t give a sh*t, wouldn’t you at least have the forethought to realize that ur gonna end up in prison for the rest of ur life?? I just don’t understand it!! Where is logic and self-preservation at the very least?? Such a scary world we live in!! Life is precious!! It can be over in an instant. I just hope that I can do my best to stop taking it for granted. And love and appreciate my family every day knowing that tomorrow they may not be here. My prayers are with u precious little angel!!! Praying for a miracle little one!!

  2. LindaS
    September 8, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I’m wondering if anyone in the (victims) car called 911. Speeding down Avenue S, running red lights, honking the horn could have attracted a Deputy (especially that time of night), instead of driving through neighborhoods where help seems limited.

  3. thoseWhoTalkDntKnow&ThoseWhoKnowDntTalk
    September 8, 2013 at 8:40 am

    The father is a gang banging drug dealing POS! He thought that he can pepper spray & start [removed] while his family is in the car with him & they (bros) wouldnt do anything! guess again dip [removed]! it was the fathers fault for starting [removed], pepper spraying one of the “bad guys”! im not saying that these boys are innocent but they have rules for them in prison, being hispanic inmates!

    • siknyired
      September 8, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Wrong again, it is the fault of the dirtbag who pulled the trigger.

    • Nancy P
      September 8, 2013 at 11:50 am

      @Linda S and @thoseWhoTalkDntKnow&ThoseWhoKnowDntTalk , Thank you. I totally agree. WTF was soooo important that these people would load the kids in the car, drive around that time of night, doing errands or “whatever”?
      Utility companies are not open, so they weren’t paying bills. If they had been coming from the hospital, I’m sure the story would have said that. Why couldn’t the Mom have stayed at home with the kids?
      People making excuses for them are the same group of people who beat up teachers, and bully neighborhood watch people. Kids or parents in denial.

      • Shane Falco
        September 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm

        Criminal pieces of garbage on both sides of this. Obviously a good parent isn’t involved in a lifestyle that keeps their child out late on a school night and exposing them to drugs, gangs and danger.

        This kid didn’t deserve to die but this “parent” doesn’t deserve to have kids. It’s the classic reaping what you sew with bottom feeders involved all the way around.

      • AS
        September 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm

        What does that have to do with teachers and bullying neighborhood watch people or whoever?! I don’t see the comparison. While I would not have my children out at that time of night, it’s really no ones business why they had theirs out. It could have been something unimportant, maybe it could’ve waited for a later time or maybe there was a real reason they were out and decided to stop at that gas station. Regardless and unfortunately what’s done is done for whatever reasons the mother and the boyfriend (not the childs father as the story says) may have had. What troubles me the most is that there was a group of armed good for nothing’s driving around at that time of night looking for trouble. Instead of being quick to point the finger, judge or blame, why not pray for the victims instead. No one can go back to change that night and your irrelevant comments don’t really help much to change the situation either.

        • Nancy P
          September 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm

          …and neither do your comments. Nothing is going to change what has already happened that night. Really? Victims?….you mean the child who was shot, right? How about the other children in the car? That’s who I am going to pray for. Are they safe, or is their mom and her bf driving around with them in the middle of the night still?
          I’ll bet the little girl’s daddy and his family are not too happy about mom’s choices right now.

  4. mike
    September 6, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    palmdale is not a safe place lots of [removed] is moving out here is time to move and give it to the gangs and let them kill themselves

  5. jcaldwell
    September 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    this is horrible! RIP Princess!

  6. Jesse Lopez
    September 6, 2013 at 8:21 am

    What a tragedy….
    This time… the CRIMINALS survived and a defenseless girl died.
    Who doesn’t remember the tragedy that happened on September of last Year… when Mr. Victor Flores, trying to defend her daughter killed a Teenager?
    This time the Criminal died, and the Victim is in Jail…


  7. Andrea
    September 5, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I bet the guns used were all legally owned too! ;)

    • dave!
      September 6, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Please do not even get started with all that BS.

  8. boandre
    September 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    why is a 7 year old out after midnight anyhow.. on the news the parents said we had to run errands and didnt want to leave the kids home alone? so what is more important at midnight sounds to me theses parents made a very bad choice and now there child is paying for it sad very sad

    • Anonymous
      September 5, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      its sad that people keep asking why the child was out that late? its no one business and has nothing to do with what happened whatever they had to do is what they had to do at that time. it was obviously important, the family and the little girl are in my prayers.!

    • sally
      September 6, 2013 at 6:18 am

      if there were two adults, then one could have stayed home with the kids while the other did the errands. i heard that there were two more siblings in the car also. common sense could have saved a life.

      • DrinkYourKoolAid
        September 6, 2013 at 8:16 am


        So many people want to have the attitude of: “Well it was their own fault because…”

        Bottom line here is that the victim and her guardians were not breaking any laws. You do not know why they were out, nor is it relevant. They had a crime committed against them. For crying out loud, what is wrong with you people?

        • sally
          September 6, 2013 at 9:02 am

          Accountability/or lack of, has become an issue in society today, thank heavens I”LL never have to live with the “what if…” because I always make sure my children are safely in bed at a certain time, especially during a school night. Remember there were three kids out at 1am, expected to function at school the same day. This is probably why children are performing so poorly in schools…

          • Nancy P
            September 6, 2013 at 9:37 am

            I don’t think asking why the child was out that time of night is blaming the victim. Asking why the child was out that time of night is what responsible parents ask when they see little kids out in the middle of the night.
            24 hour stores and gas stations have kids in them with older siblings or parents all hours.
            On a school night? The parents probably could have cared less about school and wouldn’t have the kids there on time anyway. Another thing our teachers have to deal with.
            If these people were on there way to or from the hospital, I understand why they were out. But to roll to the station/store for a burrito and a coke in an environment they knew to be dangerous (mace) should be a form of child endangerment or neglect.

        • Disgusted
          September 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm

          Nobody reading this story knows exactly what happened, or why these people were out late, so any comments are pure speculation. Why not wait for the facts insteaad of jumping to a conclusion. Bottom line is, the little girl is gone, her murderers are in jail, and there is a possibility that she can live on through the gift of organ donation.

    • Briefs
      September 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Does it really matter why she was out? Why are we judging the victims?
      I usually do some errands at night too, as I live in one of the neighborhood off 47th St. E and Ave. S. I have the luxury of going whenever I need to, since I don’t have to drive ten minutes or more to get to Stater Bros, Wal-Mart, Target, Ross, the bank, gas stations, etc. And I usually do my shopping either super early in the morning, or late at night, to avoid the crowds, be it the after school dropoff/pickup rush, or the after work commute groups. It’s just so much easier to do, especially with two young children and few babysitters.
      I actually get my gas late at night too, because it’ll be one less stop in the morning, the cost is sometimes a few cents cheaper, and I’m not getting harassed by idiots who are in a rush to their next stop. Sometimes I do have my daughter with me, either because she wants to go out for the ride around the corner, or needs that last minute car ride boost to fall asleep. It shouldn’t be an issue why my child is with me late at night at a gas station while I fill up my tank to get her to school the next day.
      The only thing that should be questioned is why these young idiots had a gun in the car with them, or felt that chasing someone down with the intent to kill was a normal response to a verbal altercation.

      • Bon
        September 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm

        Being a liberal I think we should judge the victims. If they would of stayed at home that night, they wouldn’t of made to Hispanic gang members do a bad thing. Simple as that.

    • macmakeupartist
      September 6, 2013 at 11:16 am

      People are just so selfish on posting words. We all have made hasty decisions.. You nor anyone is perfect! DONT JUDGE!

    • loretta gaskill
      September 7, 2013 at 12:19 am

      It doesn’t matter if the child was out past midnight, the fact of the matter is these stupid ignorant gangbangers took the life of her. We don’t know the parents situation or story, the child was not out on her own, she was with her parents, and instead of criticizing them, we should be praying for them, and giving them our support. How sad someone takes a tragedy like this and turns it around on the parents. show some respect and some remorse, you sound ignorant, sorry but true

      • AS
        September 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm

        I agree. What is it with some people out here nowadays?

  9. September 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Enough, of these losers, and Time for the Sherriffs Deptment to come in and do some fall cleaning, and get the trash were it belongs in the dump,A little girl is fighting for her life as the loser who shot her is still free Please La county Sherriff,get a rid of these loser Gang Members.this could of been anyone child

    • umm
      September 6, 2013 at 9:24 am

      What are you talking about? They caught the men who did this to her?

      • sikntired
        September 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm

        And pretty damn fast too.

  10. dontworry
    September 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm


    • sikntired
      September 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Please don’t yell, and this is not facebook..

  11. Kizzy
    September 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Low life losers.. They are on Fb they are big time loosers.
    They think they are all man up , I want to see them man up in jail.. Bunch of losers.
    Any one can be a man with a gun, but man up without a gun on , one on one.
    I hope someone beats the crap out them in jail.

  12. dontworry
    September 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    yea everybody swore up and down that the people who shot this innocent little girl were black shooters now u that it comes out that their the same race as this little girl nobodys saying anything but always so quick to pull the race card and section 8 has nothing to do with the crime it has to do with people moving here from la and people who come to visit 80% of people who get in trouble out here dont even live here their visiting someone who lives here we as residents need to become more aware…..

    • frank
      September 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      No one said anything about blacks we all new they were hispanic put ur race card away always trying ro use like its ur ebt

      • Jack
        September 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm

        “We all ‘new’ they were hispanic”.
        How did you ‘no’ (sic) they were Hispanic. I guess you are racist and a psychic who cannot spell.

        • frank
          September 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm

          The reason I knew was cause they said it when they caught them and label me a racist so what …

        • frank
          September 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm

          *Knew thanks for pointing that out

    • sikntired
      September 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      Funny, I don’t see one comment about black shooters.So far you are the only one playing the race card

      • sikntired
        September 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

        Looks like the posting I responded to was removed so my reply doesn’t make much sense.The person stated posters were accusing “blacks ” for doing this which is not the case.

        • Rooney
          September 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

          sikntired, you are correct. There was a posting on here where the person said it was “blacks”. It was one of the first postings.

          Looks like the times didn’t check it out soon enough and took it off after the damage was done.

    • Disgusted
      September 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      I read nothing that alluded to the race of the shooter, but I’m guessing you must be black since you’re throwing out the race card. Why is that? I never notice any other races throwing race cards out.

  13. James Sosa
    September 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

    What ever happened to the days where if you had a problem with some one, you used your fist! These PUNKS now a days, are cowards and are quick to reach for a gun. I hope justice is served and this little girl makes it through. And yes i said it, PUNKS !!!!!

    • Disgusted
      September 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Make that worthless punks. Wastes of skin.

  14. Gerry
    September 5, 2013 at 9:23 am

    I feel sorry for the child. But there was probably a lot more going on than has been reported. The child’s father is in prison (it was reported he at least was given a chance to talk to her via phone) so there may be some gang involvement here on BOTH sides, if not with the man driving,at least Desiree’s mother.

    The AV has gotten to be horribly gang infested. Much of it can be traced back to the burst of the housing bubble in the early 90’s. A lot of foreclosures and walk-aways then too. Many of those houses were purchased to turn into Section 8 rentals, and I remember some being marketed in South Central. Many fine folks from south Central moved up to escape the gangs but….. their often middle school children were already headed to the gang lifestyle being pushed by popular media. We do not have enough good paying jobs to support the area and never have but this area was built up in the idea of being a bedroom community, live here, work down the hill. That may have made sense when housing and gas was cheaper but not so much now when a commuter may be spending $100 a week on gas getting to and from work (when you include taxes, there goes three dollars an hour off your pay.)

    • Cee
      September 5, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Wow! this child is on life support because of 3 lames that decided they wanted to shoot out of their car and into the one she just so happen to be riding in; but you want to rant about her father being in prison and section 8.

      • Willis Newton
        September 5, 2013 at 11:33 am

        Sure, the three lames who chased and shot this girl should rot in prison however the boyfriend of this young childs mother is a moron for getting into an argument with these teenagers and bringing pepper spray to a gun fight.

    • Shanan
      September 5, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      Couldn’t have said it any better myself.

    • Dall
      September 6, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Totally agree. Terrible tragedy. My son was followed from our home in Lancaster by four men in a car. ( no need to mention race) They tried to make him crash on the 14 freeway. Taunted him. Followed him until he got off in Santa Clarita. Economically, it’s not paying off to live in the Antelope Valley, yes the commute is much to steep. Jobs way to scarce. Better off paying higher rent somewhere else. Especially with this gang element that people are being faced with everyday. I’m praying for a miracle Desiree. I’m praying for a miracle for all the children in the Antelope Valley.

      • Dall
        September 6, 2013 at 10:22 am

        Didn’t read update. R.I.P. Desirae. My condolences to the family of this Angel. My heart is aching.

  15. ken
    September 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Are the suspects under age and that is why we don’t have their names mentioned or faces shown? I heard on the news this morning that the suspects have been arrested. Isn’t it public records?

    • ken
      September 5, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Thank you for the update..So sorry for the little girl and her family..

    • sikntired
      September 5, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Check out their facebook pages, easy to find.Evil.
      Good work LASD.

      • Letlow
        September 5, 2013 at 11:52 am

        I looked up Eduardo Diaz on FB. “F*ck the law f*ck court” was posted by Mr. Diaz on June 19. I guess this does give you some insight into his mindset. SMH!


        • sikntired
          September 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm

          Gotta love Facebook, I guess they’re not smart enough to realize anyone can see that stuff.

        • amomtherto
          September 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm

          I just looked up his face book page to if you go to his Friends you’ll also see the picture and page of JESUS PERALTA

        • Diana
          September 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm

          That’s funny I just posted the same and disguting what the comments about the police say. They are there to protect us and our families from crap like them. Sad to say they are Mexican and from a town filed with crap as well.

        • sikntired
          September 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm

          If you read the comments to that first posting you can see what law enforcement has to face dealing with these scum.

    • Diana
      September 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      this one must be one of the suspects…fits the profile of where he lives and just look at the pictures…disgusting.


  16. Amotherto
    September 5, 2013 at 9:01 am


  17. Michelle
    September 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I feel so incredibly sad for this little girl, her family and her friends. This world has become a cesspool and believe me it’s not just here in the AV. I’ve lived in Tujunga, Glendale, Hollywood, Phoenix and Honolulu. There are horrible people everywhere. And at least they caught these creatures (I won’t say animals because that’s an insult to every animal in the world, even the unpleasant ones). These “things” are useless and should be put to death asap.

  18. DADof3
    September 5, 2013 at 8:37 am

    effin cowards. i hope your children die a horrible way. it could of been my kids. you effin cowards. you and your family are a bunch of pieces of feces. my prayers go out to the little girl.

  19. frank
    September 5, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Please pray for the family ..we need to pray for palmdale things like this shouldn’t happen

  20. NRA member
    September 5, 2013 at 2:21 am

    “Prison realignment program” in progress, more thugs get out of prison – more innocent people get killed. Liberalism never works

  21. Annie
    September 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    This is truly horrible. My prayers are with the family. I have lived in the AV for over 30 years. The demographics have dramatically changed, esp. once the prison was built up here. Rude behavior seems the norm. I see people angry and violent all the time. Most don’t want to follow laws and rules, esp. when driving. One particular group seems to be the worst of all; they are lawless and operate on intimidation. If you say anything, look out. Something like this happens.

  22. dumbandblind
    September 4, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Here’s one good reason why people should arm themselves. If not, what do you do to protect yourself and loved ones from scum? Mace? Baseball bat? Tough words? Nothing beats a .357!

    • keeping it real
      September 5, 2013 at 8:06 am

      I agree, no more helpless victims.

    • Keepingmyguns
      September 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

      I agree. The more good, responsible people that are armed the more deterrence we have for crimes like this. The bad guys should not be the only ones carrying. I will be able to defend my family!

    • Jetho Pitlicker
      September 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Given reports that the driver of the car in which the kid was shot had maced the shooters at the gas station, it would appear they agree with you.

    • Briefs
      September 6, 2013 at 10:49 am

      So the answer to gun violence is more guns? Why is this always the knee jerk reaction for a lot of people?
      Look, I understand as a parent, the need to protect your family at all costs. I was raised in a family where guns were NEVER okay to have. I also have a good friend who was raised with guns in the house in a proper gun safe where only two people know the code, and was taught at a very young age the proper care and responsibility of gun ownership. (Business end, don’t ever aim at something or someone, unless you intend to kill, etc.) Neither of us are wrong in how we were raised by our parents or how we choose to carry on with those lessons.
      However, to imply that this man is at fault because he “brought mace to a gun fight”, and that having a gun would have saved this girl’s life is ludicrous!
      I highly doubt the boyfriend of the girl’s mother knew that these idiots had a gun, or that they were going to wind up chasing them down through the neighborhood to SHOOT at them, or kill one of them. All he knew was that he was in a bad situation, alerted the monsters that they were kids in the car, and when it became apparent they weren’t going to let up, made the best decision he could at that moment, which was to mace the guys and leave. How was he to know that anything that transpired afterward was going to happen?
      If he’d had a gun at the time, would shooting at these idiots have really made a difference in, that it would have changed this situation? A shootout at a gas station with other innocent people around is really a logical response?
      And let’s just say he did kill one of those guys before it got to this point. This story would have read much more differently. “Altercation at Gas station leads to murder”. This guy would have been deemed a murderer, and placed in jail, and these idiots would have been the victims instead. Yes, I am aware of these cowards’ facebook pages with their’ anti-cop bull, but in the end, we all know how these stories play out. Pulling a gun on someone over words is completely stupid and the reason why many people are against guns to begin with!
      It’s easy to point and blame and make assumptions AFTER the fact, when we know all the details. At that moment in time wednesday night, he was simply thinking about his family and trying to get them home safely.

  23. Johnny Trece
    September 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Fox 11 News reported that a man, on behalf of the victim’s party, was being confronted by the suspect party at the Four Points Gas Station. The man let the suspect party know that he has children with him but words still continued to be exchanged. The man maced one of the suspects as he was being engaged, and then took off from the Mobil Station with his family.

    I cannot even comment on this sickening story on public domain at this moment. I’m very disturbed.

  24. RockChickLovesNZ
    September 4, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    We know the family of the little girl who was murdered as well as the neighborhood in which the young child lived. Our family lived less than a block on Essex, directly across Doheny Ln. My sibling grew up with the little girl’s uncle and father. We are all too familiar to this type of senseless gun violence as my 16yo brother was murdered in 1994 at the Antelope Valley Mall over a parking space during the day (5:45pm). The person who shot him was 30, an adult. These idiots are adults who were up to no good, looking for a fight that ended up in the death of an innocent young child! I feel terribly for everyone in her family. May they find solace in memories they have of her. Losing a loved one to murder is a struggle, life will never be normal but it can and should be continued as an honor to those lost. I had to grow up fast at age 11 after losing my brother. I’ve honored my brother by graduating from Uni for him; essentially I live for him to keep his memory alive. May the parents of this young girl find the strength to live on and do positive in their little girl’s memory. Kia Kaha to all who have lost our younger loved ones to gun violence. xx

  25. Rico
    September 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    The cowardly shooters do not seem like the guys who will be concerned about the numerous
    unconstitutional gun control laws for the rest of us, now being passed in Sacramento.

  26. lola
    September 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    My prayers go out to this family may you find comfort in our Heavenly Father . May the cowards that did this psy for what they have done…. what is this world coming to….

  27. Jessica
    September 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    The innocent ones are always the ones that get hurt!! It doesn’t matter why this sweet lil angel was out at that time. What matters is the motive them 3 animals had to shoot at the family’s van, and in the process shot this poor babygirl in head! God have mercy on your 3 souls, because I know no one else will!

  28. Bob
    September 4, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    You know, it really doesn’t matter why this kid was not home. Maybe a family member was in a hospital, maybe a family member was traveling out of town and this was the last night to see them.

    IT really doesn’t matter because unless someone was defending their life, there was no reason to shoot into the car.

  29. Melissa
    September 4, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    No matter where, who’s fault, time or place an innocent child was hurt. May God bless her family! Such a sad tragedy.

  30. Rhoda
    September 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Praying for this family!!!! This is an awful tragedy!!!!

  31. jenaya
    September 4, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I just wanted to let the family know that I’m praying for you and that God is real you may not have to take her off life support she may come out of it just fine.

  32. Erica
    September 4, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I want to know the motive. Are gang members just following random cars and shooting at them now? That’s scary! Or was there some sort of disagreement…if it was a disagreement, what can someone possibly say that’s worth taking their or their child’s life??!!

  33. ConcernedMomOf3
    September 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I think it’s disgusting that people are questioning why the family was out at this time.. Shame on you!! It’s none of your damn business what this family was doing out at this hour and that is besides the point.. The point of this story is the complete and utter lack of disregard for human life.. This was another innocent child taken from her family too soon.. Imagine what this poor girls family is going through right now, I am sure they have enough grief and guilt that something like this happened while in their care.. But for people who have no idea what the whole story is, to sit here and judge and question them, get off your high horse.. Heaven forbid some day the tables are turned on you and you have to deal with the same judgment and blame that you can dish out… This is a horrible tragedy and I understand the first thing everyone wants is someone to blame, but how can you blame the victims?? You guys want someone to blame for this?? Blame the animals that chased this family down and continued to shoot at them, stop blaming the family…

    • disgusted
      September 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      I completely agree with you. Its bad enough as it is so all this negative crap towards the family is absolutely disgusting. Her parents are adults and their reasons for being out is their business! Pray for this little girl.

    • tori
      September 5, 2013 at 12:55 am

      You hit the nail on the head. I heard that the Male was trying to avoid a confrontation and the thugs would not stop so he pepper sprayed him…
      They were TOLD children were in the car but that did not stop these ANIMALS from shooting at the car or in a residential area where others could have been hurt. I hope these guys fry for killing that Innocent child. we have to send a message to everyone that killing a child, your or someone else’s will NOT be tolerated..here or any other city or State….God bless the family with peace and Keep that Angel Desiree at your feet.

  34. jess
    September 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    This is my Daughters little friend, i’m sick to my stomach! I cannot believe it!!!

  35. Lupe
    September 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    This is my little cousin and I dont appreciate these negative comments, at this point their shouldn’t be none of this negativity but thanks for all the prayers I really do appreciate it .

    • Kaydee
      September 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Praying for you an you family!!! Please don’t take the baby off life support! Maybe she can still make it!!!!

      • sad
        September 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm

        I know you mean well but if the child is truly brain dead and the family feels ending life support is the humane way to care for their child they need to be supported. We all want a miracle but if they child is ready to go to God then she and her family need our support for this difficult decision. Life support keeps organs going but can not generally bring the person back

    • ConcernedMomOf3
      September 4, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      My prayers go out to you and yours.. May your family find solace in this time of loss and grief.. God bless Desiree

    • christy
      September 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Wow I cannot express in words what I feel for what your family must be going through…May God be with your little cousin and your whole family in this time of need…may everyone stop pointing fingers and say a prayer for this innocent little girl

  36. L-Rock
    September 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Such a sad story! Killing anyone over words! Worse this child who had nothing to do with any of it is hurt, hearing she maybe Brain dead and taken off life support! What a horrible thing for a parent to have to do, with a child so young!! POS with a gun makes a choice that they all will have to live with! I hope he gets LIFE with no parole! Death would be better but these days everyone has rights, even the POS scum bags who kill( children).

  37. ugh
    September 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    You really dont need to know the whole story!! except that an innocent child was SHOT !!!

  38. Jesse Lopez
    September 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Why NOT to show the pictures of the KILLERS?
    I know we don’t need descriptions of these animals…… [removed]…..
    I know this incident didn’t happen at this location, But, All these useless people get together each night at the Shell Gas Station located on 47th. St. East and Avenue “S”. I used to stop at this Gas Station… NOT any more….
    “The family was followed by a vehicle which contained several suspects.”… The note should read: “The family was followed by a vehicle which contained several ANIMALS”.

    • renee alcala
      September 4, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      I live down the street from that shell and yes that area is bad .even during the day people are all over walmart parking lot asking for money!

      • Jesse Lopez
        September 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

        WATCH OUT!!!, They are pretending to be asking for money…
        What they are really doing is checking who is driving the car, and at what time you went inside of the store to break into your car while you are shopping….
        Ohh yeah… This is true…

        • Nancy P
          September 5, 2013 at 10:55 am

          ***Smart Jesse Lopez. People need to be aware of their surroundings and lock their doors. Granted, this tragedy would not have been prevented, but maybe some can.

    • Heather
      September 5, 2013 at 7:56 am

      Calling these killers animals is an insult to Animals. People who kill child are not worthy of mercy. These killers should be killed in the same fashion they killed this poor child. If it was my child that this had happen to, I would pay them a visit and give them a taste of what it feels like. An eye for an eye.

      • Les
        September 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm

        Agreed Heather. Animals would not act like this. These are monsters. Thankfully they were quickly caught.

  39. Tak
    September 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Prayers for Desiree Macias and family. As for the cowards that shot her, justice awaits on a 4 yard.

  40. Jackie M
    September 4, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    This is my neighborhood! It use to be so quiet but things have changed, please pray for the family as word just came out thy this poor baby is brain dead, prayers for a miracle please……

  41. Kizzy
    September 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I feel so sorry, for the 7 year year old my heart is in pain.
    I hope who ever shoot at her spends the rest of his life in a dark hole..
    Palmdale is getting so dangerous, is becoming to be Los Angeles ,
    You can’t be safe anymore with your kids. All this low life thugs have nothing else to do than just hurt other people..

  42. TwistedSwede
    September 4, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I know I don’t know the whole story yet, but my knee-jerk reaction is to question why this poor seven year old wasn’t safe in bed at 1am on a school night.

    • Mi
      September 4, 2013 at 11:49 am

      I would have to agree with you TwistedSwede. Why was this child not at home at this hour of the morning on a school night.

    • Jb
      September 4, 2013 at 11:49 am

      @twistedswede…that’s exactly what I was thinking too! My prayers to this little girl!

    • fed up in lancastet
      September 4, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      I thought the same thing, but then I thought maybe they were returning from a family trip..

    • Dee
      September 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      It doesn’t really matter why she was out and not in bed. The family isn’t the ones who committed a crime. You should be able to be out driving with your child in your car at anytime without some crappy people shooting guns at you and your family.

      • IJS
        September 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm

        I agree with Dee. It makes no sense. THIS VIOLENCE NEEDS TO STOP… PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, YOU’RE KILLING LITTLE CHILDREN. I don’t know this child but reading this makes my heart break.. and to suggest that if she were at home in bed it would have made the situation any more acceptable is absurd.

        • cesar
          September 4, 2013 at 1:28 pm

          I am very disappointed all the comments of people made blame the parents for it. this is exactly why this animals do what they do and get away with it.
          This animals will shoot you weather is day or night they don’t care.

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