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St. Francis shooting leaves more questions than answers

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


10.0pt;font-family:\"Microsoft Sans Serif\",\"sans-serif\"\">\"I don't understand why someone would want to do something like this to my niece,\" her aunt Vanessa Rosa cried.


10.0pt;font-family:\"Microsoft Sans Serif\",\"sans-serif\"\">Cruz just underwent surgery after being shot in the back, another surgery is planned soon. Family says they are worried but optimistic.


10.0pt;font-family:\"Microsoft Sans Serif\",\"sans-serif\"\">\"That's all we're hoping for is that she is okay, and then worry about the rest of it later,\" Rosa said.


10.0pt;font-family:\"Microsoft Sans Serif\",\"sans-serif\"\">\"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.


10.0pt;font-family:\"Microsoft Sans Serif\",\"sans-serif\"\">\"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.


10.0pt;font-family:\"Microsoft Sans Serif\",\"sans-serif\"\">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


10.0pt;font-family:\"Microsoft Sans Serif\",\"sans-serif\"\">\"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.


10.0pt;font-family:\"Microsoft Sans Serif\",\"sans-serif\"\">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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