St. Francis shooting leaves more questions than answers


by Sachelle Saunders

St. Francis, WI- 20-year-old Amaretta Cruz will spend the next few nights in a hospital bed.

"I don't understand why someone would want to do something like this to my niece," her aunt Vanessa Rosa cried.

Cruz just underwent surgery after being shot in the back, another surgery is planned soon. Family says they are worried but optimistic.

"That's all we're hoping for is that she is okay, and then worry about the rest of it later," Rosa said.

"The rest" is how and why it happened. According to family, Cruz was in her apartment in the 3500 block of East Tesch Avenue in St, Francis when suddenly around 3:30 in the morning, she was shot. A boyfriend, who was also there, said it came from outside. That's where the explanation ends. The story baffles Melissa Drew who lives right across the street.

"If it was innocent, or if it was planned, if it was drug involvement or something like that because we don't want that going on in our neighborhood," Drew said.

K-9 dogs searched the area for the suspect By late morning they hadn't found him. The seemingly out of place crime has heightened the awareness of neighbors, who didn't expect it on their block

"Things are escalating, and I have grandchildren, and I worry about the future, and I'm hoping that somehow things will change," Marsha Kiepczynski said.

A person was eventually arrested in the shooting, but St, Francis police will not release the name of the person or whether they had any relationship with Cruz.


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