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Great-grandmother was making dinner when 3-year-old fatally shot

September 13, 2011 | 10:45 am

Driveby The great-grandmother of a 3-year-old girl killed when a gunman fired into her San Bernardino home said she was in the kitchen making tacos for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren when she heard gunfire.

Another 3-year-old great-granddaughter of Sophia Cardona and Cardona's pregnant 22-year-old granddaughter were critically wounded in the Monday night shooting at her home in the 1300 block of D Street, six blocks from San Bernardino Police Department headquarters.

Relatives quickly scooped up the wounded and drove them to a hospital.

“We lost one of our babies,” Cardona said Tuesday. “She was a sweet little girl. She liked going to the store. She loved watching cartoons.”

The gunman remained at large Tuesday and police planned an 11 a.m. news conference to discuss the case.

Cardona said she has no idea why the shooting happened or who was behind it. Neighbors said there has been some gang activity in the area and that large groups of people would hang out on the front porch of her home.

On Tuesday morning, the patio was still covered with pools of blood, which relatives were trying to mop up. Bullet holes to the left of the front door were visible from the street.

Two empty 40-ounce bottles of Cobra beer were also on the patio, along with a doll and empty chairs. The home next door is boarded up with plywood, with "no trespassing" signs posted.

Another neighbor lives in her home behind barred windows and a security screen on the front door. She declined to comment on the incident, saying, “I just live in my fortress.”


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Photo: A relative rushes from the scene where a 3-year-old girl who was killed and another 3-year-old girl and a pregnant woman were wounded in a shooting in San Bernardino. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times