SOUTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - The family of Ashley Rodriguez, along with the Miami-Dade Police Department, are pleading with the public for any information on who shot her.
“My daughter is a 21-year-old FIU student, she goes to FIU, psychology major. She’s a good girl, hard working, very responsible. She does not deserve this,” said Sadia Rodriguez, the victim’s mother.
Police responded to the area of Southwest 232nd Street and 112th Avenue after receiving a ShotSpotter alert just after 11 p.m. on June 13.
When they arrived at the scene, police found Rodriguez inside her car with gunshot wounds.
“Ms. Rodriguez was driving home from work at the time of the incident and appears to have been caught in the crossfire of the occupants of two vehicles shooting at one another,” said MDPD detective Carmela Nelson.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue took her to an area hospital in critical condition.
“She was not home at her regular time, so we were calling her, texting her, she didn’t answer. I looked up her location,” said Sadia, “and we saw she was here, but she wasn’t moving, so we came over here and found she had been transported to the hospital.”
Ashley’s family told 7News that she had been shot in the back of the head and was in a coma for three weeks.
She is currently recovering in the hospital as investigators work to find whoever did this to her.
“Little by little, she’s getting better, baby steps, today she wiggled her toes, but we still have a long way to go,” said Sadia.
Rodriguez’s family took to the streets on Thursday, distributing fliers in hopes that someone will have any information on who may have done this.
“Any tips, any information that someone might have, will help us deeply, our hearts are broken,” said Roger Rodriguez, Ashley’s father.
“We need justice. We need your help,” said Sadia.
“If you’re a human being, if you’re a human person, I mean, please come forward,” said Roger.
“Realize what you’ve done and come forward,” said Sadia.
Miami-Dade Police said there were two other cars involved in this shooting. One of those cars is a white Mercedes.
If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.
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