LANCASTER (CNS) - Two brothers were charged today with murdering a 7- year-old girl in a car-to-car shooting in Palmdale.
The charges against Jesus Alberto Peralta, 22, and his 19-year-old brother, Carlos, stem from the Wednesday morning shooting of Desirae Macias, who was shot in the head and declared brain-dead at a hospital at Thursday, according to prosecutors and the coroner's office.
Authorities initially said the girl had been taken off life support and died, but said later the girl had only been declared brain dead and remained on life support, likely so her organs could be harvested.
The Peralta brothers were scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Lancaster Superior Court on one count each of murder and shooting at an occupied motor vehicle and three counts each of attempted murder. The charges include gang and gun allegations.
The shooting that killed the girl happened near Sunburst and Stratford drives about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, shortly after two groups exchanged words at a Mobil station at Pearblossom Highway and Fort Tejon Road, according to sheriff's Lt. Glenn Brandon.
Sheriff's deputies said one group followed the other away from the Mobil station, and shots were fired at several locations,
Citing insufficient evidence, prosecutors declined to file charges against the third man, Eduardo Diaz, 20, of Littlerock.